Top 5 Reasons to Always Have Apolla Shocks in Your Dance Bag
You may already know Apolla Shocks are able to replace your current footwear and dance shoes because of the durability, aesthetics, and traction, BUT there are many other reasons to ALWAYS keep a pair in your dance bag. BESIDES wearing them in class or onstage:
TOP 5 REASONS TO ALWAYS HAVE APOLLA SHOCKS…BEYOND DANCE CLASS:
1. Recovery: If you couldn't wear your Shocks in class or you are nursing an injury, throw them on after to aid in muscle recovery
2. Traveling: Wear them in the air to keep your feet fresh and ready to dance when you land
3. Cross-training: Wear the non-traction version in shoes to protect your dance career even when you're not dancing
4. Dancer Parents: Long days on your feet at work, competitions and conventions. Great for daily workouts!
5. Conventions: Our non-traction Shocks are amazing on carpet at conventions (ahem carpet over concrete) providing much needed protection!
While other high performance athletes strive to protect their bodies with sport science technology, dancers have been slow to adopt the same practices. Why?
It is no wonder that dancers have double the rate of injury from the knee down as football players, as dancers, we push our boundaries and ligaments further than ever before. The research is overwhelming. We know dancing barefoot will never go away. It is easier, it is freeing and you feel connected to the floor. However, it is also easier to play football without pads and a helmet…and much more dangerous. Our mission is to get dancers protecting their instruments more often than not in hopes that dancers can start to lower the excessively high injury rates.
Did You Know?
- Studies have shown 65% of dancer injuries are caused by overuse, repetitive strain, and inflammation
- Most dance footwear is inadequate for protecting the foot and could be a risk factor for injury to the foot and ankle
- Taping and bandaging assist in injury prevention, recovery, improved performance, decreased pain, and return to activity
- Compression is a form of this without the hassle of taping and bandaging
- Use of compression following eccentric exercise has been found to prevent a loss of range of motion (ROM), decrease perceived soreness, reduce swelling, and promote recovery of force production
Having a history of previous injury makes a person more susceptible to future injury and it concerns us that younger dancers don't realize the risk this is to their bodies and dance future. For dancers, our body IS our career and we know so much more now about how we can protect our bodies better. So why do we let outdated traditions continue to hurt us? Does current footwear help us dance better? Dance longer? Dance stronger? NO.
Apolla Shocks is our answer! YES they replace your dance footwear, YES they are durable, YES they have an amazing refreshable traction, & YES they provide much needed protection and support for dancers. They incorporate targeted compression and shock absorption to provide dancers a foundation of support, reduce inflammation, decrease joint shock, and increase stability. We are proud to introduce the FIRST performance footwear for dancers that utilizes sport science technology AND maintains the aesthetics that dancers and teachers love to maximize long, clean lines. There are SO many reasons to wear them in dance and beyond!
With so many different styles, fits, sizes, colors and traction options, there really is an Apolla Shock for everyone! Visit www.apollaperformance.com to find YOURS today!
From competing on "So You Think You Can Dance" to performing on "Dancing with the Stars" for seven seasons (and earning an Emmy nomination for her work on the latter), Chelsie Hightower has lived the pro dance dream. Though Hightower retired from "DWTS" several years ago and now teaches and choreographs in her home state of Utah, she admits that her dance career exceeded even her own high expectations. "I've accomplished things that I didn't know were possible," she says.
But most fans of "DWTS" would never have guessed that while filming, the talented and seemingly fearless ballroom pro was facing her fiercest competitor off-camera. Hightower has struggled with anxiety for most of her life, but the issue became especially severe during her years on the show.
With the help of therapy and other coping exercises, Hightower has found healthy ways to manage her anxiety. Now, she hopes that sharing her experience will inspire other dancers struggling with mental illness to get help.
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What's it like to perform for such an incredibly huge audience? Dancer Tony Bellissimo has plenty of experience with high-pressure dance gigs, having worked with artists including Rihanna, Britney Spears, John Legend, and Chris Brown. But stepping out alongside Timberlake during last year's halftime show was a next-level experience. We talked to Bellissimo about how he scored such a coveted job—and how he handled the pressure.
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Dance teachers have to deal with a lot. While open communication with your teacher is obviously key, lame excuses for less-than-great behavior are guaranteed to get on her nerves. Always avoid these seven excuses that will 100 percent get your dance teacher's blood boiling.
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Aaaaaaaaaaanyway, while we can't get you "in the room where it happens" with tickets to the show's current Broadway, touring, or Puerto Rico productions—the last of which opens tonight!—we CAN offer up some fun ways to fête A.Ham's day of birth. Just you wait:
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