GCSE Dance Reminders

Cards to help me remember information on; warming up, dancer safety, Birdsong and dance costumes :)

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  • Created on: 03-05-09 14:46

Section A: Warm-up and Warm-down

WHAT is a warm-up?

  • Anything and everything done to prepare body for physical exertion.

WHY warm-up?

  • PREPARES MUSCLES FOR VIGOROUS EXERCISE
  • PREPARES CARDIO-VASCULAR SYSTEM FOR VIGOROUS EXERCISE (INCREASING HEART RATE)
  • PREPARES JOINTS BY WARMING SYNOVIAL FLUID
  • PREPARES DANCERS MIND FOR ACTIVITY
  • PREVENTS INJURY TO BODY DUE TO PREPARATION

CIRCULATION: increased activity means the body needs more blood pumped around to reach muscles.

JOINTS: movement in joints increases synovial fluid needed to allow joints to move freely.

MUSCLES: the warmer the muscle. the further it is likely to stretch to allow more movement in the body.

WHAT is a warm-down?

  • By working the body gently at the end of a session, the lactic acid (waste product produced by hard working muscles) is given a chance to combine with oxygen and be re-used.
  • After working hard, it is more beneficial for the body to wind down gently rather than stop suddenly.
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Section A: Dancer Nutrition

Dancers need the following essential components of a healthy diet to stay fit and healthy:

  • PROTEINS: for building up the body
  • CAROHYDRATES: to provide energy
  • FATS: for energy and flavour
  • MINERALS: good for bones and blood
  • WATER: helps with all basic functions

HOW can a dancer maintain a healthy lifestyle?

  • REGULAR EXERCISE: to maintain stamina and fitness levels
  • PLENTY OF SLEEP: to mainatin energy levels and stay alert
  • AVOID DRUGS: maintain energy levels, concentration and to avoid mood swings
  • EAT A HEALTHY DIET: to build up the body and keep general health levels high
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Section A: Dancer health and safety

Injury prevention and care:

  • R-est
  • I-ce
  • C-ompression (support with a bandage)
  • E-levation (elevate the injured lim with a chair/cushion)

Health and Safety in the Performing Space:

  • APPROPRIATE FLOORING: wooden, sprung floor
  • CORRECT ROOM TEMPERATURE: warm (not too cold or hot)
  • SPACE CLEAR FROM OBSTRUCTIONS
  • REMOVE ALL JEWELLERY: no jewellery is caught you/other dancers
  • WEAR APPRPRIATE CLOTHING: no socks, clothes should allow free movement
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Section A: Performance and Technical skills

TECHNICAL SKILLS (skills learnt during technique classes and warm-ups) INCLUDE:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Posture & Alignment
  • Flow of energy
  • Co-ordination
  • Balance
  • Control
  • Mobility

PERFORMANCE SKILLS INCLUDE:

  • Projection
  • Emphasis
  • Musicality
  • Timing
  • Phrasing
  • Expression
  • Focus
  • Style
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