A Dancer's Life

Winter Favourites

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Energetiks dancer Layla shares some of her winter favourites with you:

Hi everyone! This year's winters has hit us Aussies a lot more unexpectedly than usual. With record low temperatures, snow in Queensland and ‘The big Cold’ taking over south east Australia I thought it was perfect timing to let you all in on my winter favourites...

Most Importantly I have been making sure I rug up in warm clothing! While I’m in the studio a definite everyday is my Energetiks leg warmers. Not only do they make me feel a whole lot more trendy than just my average leotard, it allows me to target certain areas that I feel need be kept warm. I tend to get achy knees during the cold so I can fold my leg warmers up so they just cover my knees, which keeps them extra warm and keeps me pain-free. Another handy winter warmer is the new Street to Studio pull over from my favourite Energetiks range ‘Edge’. From the moment I saw it I loved it, it's so versatile. If you feel yourself starting to heat up just roll up the sleeves and knot the bottom which also gives you a new look.

Leg warmers... aka knee warmers in this case!

Leg warmers... aka knee warmers in this case!

In my Street to Studio Energetiks Pull Over!

In my Street to Studio Energetiks Pull Over!

In class: the leg-warmer squad ;)

In class: the leg-warmer squad ;)

During winter it is also important to keep your motivation up. The sun may not be shining but keeping good spirits can keep you on the road to success. My winter inspirations have been Misty Copeland, Brooke Lockett and Julie Kent. Misty Copeland was promoted to a principal artist of the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American women to achieve this. She is the author of her own book ‘Life In Motion, an unlikely ballerina’.  This book would go perfectly on a rainy day covered up in blankets by the heater and will really boost your inspiration. Another winter inspiration is Brooke Lockett, she is a Coryphee with the Australian Ballet and coming back from reconstructive knee surgery. For anyone dealing with injuries be sure to follow Brooke on instagram for some definite inspo. And finally, the beautiful Julie Kent retired this winter. She has been a principal artist with the ABT for many years and also appeared in the movie Centre Stage. Julie is an amazing inspiration she has achieved so much throughout her wonderful career.

Here are some of my other winter favourites, comment yours below!

1. Hot Soup (here's one of my favourite recipes!): 
White Bean Stew with Winter Squash and Kale.

Image: blog.fatfreevegan.com

Image: blog.fatfreevegan.com

2. Long drives                                                 3. Falling asleep to the sound of rain.

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4. Fire places                                                  5. Chai Lattes

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6. Boots                                                      7. The new Minions movie

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8. Warm Baths with cups of tea

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Hope you're keeping happy and warm, wherever you may be! :)

 X Layla

H2O - tips and tricks for staying hydrated (with added benefits!)

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You don't need me to tell you that keeping your fluids up is a pretty big deal, water is undisputedly the single most important nutrient required by the human body. We can endure around 3 weeks without eating (though I think most of us would prefer not to test that theory!) yet more than 3 days without some form of water and even Mad Max himself would be breathing his last raspy breath... 

Thankfully the human body is very good at reminding us when we're getting dehydrated, thirst is a difficult sensation to ignore, and as good as a tasty beverage is... a glass of cool, refreshing water is one of the best rewards there is after a taxing workout.

However it turns out there's more to drinking water than just, well, drinking water! If you really want to maximise the benefits of keeping hydrated, plus the cleansing properties and metabolic aid that water can provide, you've got to be clever about your H2O consumption. Luckily we've done the research for you, so read on for some helpful tips;

 

DRINKING INTELLIGENTLY.

One of the best things you can do after you wake up and before consuming any food is to have a sizeable drink (around 16oz - or two glasses - of water is recommended). During the night is the longest period your body goes without ingesting any fluids, and as a result you are slowly dehydrating as you sleep. Having a glass of water when you wake up is just as important as a well-rested sleep when it comes to giving yourself the best possible start to the day. Water first thing in the morning fires up your metabolism (studies have shown a whopping 24% increase in metabolic rate over the following hour and a half!), hydrates you, helps your body flush out unwanted toxins, gives your brain fuel and also reduces the appetite - helping you avoid accidentally scoffing down any excess food that your body might not really need during breakfast (...we all have those days).

Tip: Place a fresh glass of water by your bedside every night so when you wake up you'll be reminded to start the day off with a drink. Keep this routine up every day and you'll be a two steps ahead before your feet are even on the ground (now that's impressive!).

Usually when people talk about fueling the brain, they're referring to the energy and nutrients we require from food, however water is just as vital - in fact more so - when it comes to keeping us thinking straight. Your most complex organ (the brain) is made up of 75% water. Water provides the electrical energy for all brain's functions, including thought and memory processes. So if you're not adequately hydrated, your brain cells aren't able to function properly which will leave you feeling slow, sluggish, moody and tired. Scientific studies have found that dehydration induced by heat, stress or exercise can have detrimental effects on short-term memory, working memory and visuo-motor abilities (Good old 'Hand to eye co-ordination' if you want to be a little less technical about it). Perhaps more surprisingly though, studies have also shown that the effects of even mild dehydration are just as adverse during sedentary periods as they are when you're exercising. Even as little as a 1.5% loss of normal water volume in the body causes headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, lowered vigilance and greatly reduced working memory, which definitely puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to remembering that tricky combo in class, or powering through a draining gym sesh. So whilst you might be tempted to reach straight for the lolly jar when you're mid-way through exam study or working through the night due to a deadline for work, at least make sure you've topped up on water first. There's a lot less chance of your essay sounding like jibberish the next morning if you've been water-smart and kept your brain cells happy and hydrated with regular water intake. What's significant is that the brain is unable to store any water (unlike our muscles), which is why it's so important that you keep topping up when you're counting on brain power. You'll think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity.

Tip: Pay extra attention to your fluid levels when you're counting on having a clear head at work or school. Most people become much less attentive of fluid levels when they're not exercising - and especially during times of stress - so try getting in the habbit of prompting yourself to drink a glass of water (or herbal tea for a hot alternative) whenever you take a toilet break, or setting an hourly reminder on your phone if, like me, you can be especially forgetful at times.


Along with the brain, water composes around 75% of our muscle tissue, and a shortage of water will have an immediate impact on the muscles and how well you recover from a workout. Chances are if you're cramping up in class or after a run then you could be running low on fluid and it's affecting the electrolyte balance in your system (which in turn influences muscle contractions). 

The adverse effects that dehydration has on exercise performance include:

  • Reduction in blood volume
  • Decreased skin blood flow
  • Decreased sweat rate
  • Decreased heat dissipation
  • Increased core temperature
  • Increased rate of muscle glycogen use

So as you can see it's essential that in order to perform in peak condition you are ensuring the body stays properly hydrated all the time, rather than waiting until you start feeling parched to replenish your fluid levels.

Tip: Drink a glass or two of water any time you leave for the gym or studio to prevent dehydrating during that initial exercising period before you start feeling the need to reach for your water bottle.

Take. Water. With. You.

Seems pretty standard right? And yet a study in the US found that up to 75% of the population was chronically dehydrated (...that's a lot of dazed and sluggish people on the loose!). So it seems we're still falling a little short of the mark, which isn't too much of a surprise given the hustle and bustle of daily life (we all get busy and forget to prioritise ourselves some days) but this is not something you want to skimp on because dehydration will affect every aspect of your daily life, from your memory, to your mood, to your reflexes and your performance in class. So it's time to get your bum in gear and make sure you're taking a water bottle with you to work, school, dance and the gym.

Tip: Make sure you're always carrying water on you whenever you're heading out, this way you won't get stuck if you can't find a fountain or shop before you start feeling parched. Keep a water bottle in your bag and get into the routine of topping it up at the end of the day. Even better, keep a spare bottle in your car in case you have a forgetful moment and leave your other bottle at home.

Images: Tracy Nicholas Photography

Images: Tracy Nicholas Photography

 

 

And finally, if you're not at all thirsty but you haven't had a drink in a while, then pinch yourself (No, I don't mean that as some sort of strange self-disciplinary action!). The 'pinch test' is a great way for most people to gauge the level of hydration in the body by assessing their skin turgor (the skin's ability to change shape and return to normal - it's elasticity), specificaly the turgor of the hand or abdomen for best results. The faster that your skin is able to 'spring back' to it's normal shape and colour, the better. If after firmly but gently pinching the skin on top of the hand for several seconds your skin is slow to respond (i.e. it takes more than a second or two for the colour to seep back in) then it's a strong indicator that you're moderately to severely dehydrated, and it's time to get another dose of H2O.

 

Hopefully we've given you the motivation you need to start working regular water breaks into your routine if (like the majority) it hasn't been a major priority in the past. The effects of dehydration whilst initially subtle, are extensive and incredibly enervativng, and re-hydrating your body will improve every area from your skin health, to digestion, memory, mood, concentration and performance ability, and the best part is, it's such a simple and easy adjustment to make, and with just a few small changes to your routine you'll be feeling like a whole new person!

So...

who else feels like a glass of water right now?

 

The Perfect Dance Diet

The Perfect Dance Diet

Energetiks talks with Jacob Speakman and Joshua Arkey

Energetiks talks with Jacob Speakman and Joshua Arkey

How to deal with performance pressure

How to deal with performance pressure

The Pros and Cons of having different Dance Teachers

The Pros and Cons of having different Dance Teachers

Introducing...

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Name: Jeanette
Age: 18


How did you get into dancing, and how old were you? At a young age Mum noticed me dancing everywhere I'd go and I'd stand in front of the tv and copy all the dance moves off dance shows and dance movies. She then put me into dancing and gymnastics at the age of six.

What do you like about Energetiks?  It's comfortable and fashionable!

Do you have a favourite style of dance (if so what)? I like to see myself as a versatile dancer but if I had too choose I love the styles commercial jazz and lyrical.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Travelling the world whilst Dancing.

What do you like to do when you're not dancing? Hang out with my friends and family.

All-time favourite dance movie: Centre Stage.

Best dance memory/moment: World Championships of Performing Arts in America in 2011.

Food you can't live without:  I love my fruit but I'm also a sucker for ice-cream...guilty.

The person you'd most like to meet (living or dead): Beyonce!

Favourite saying or advice that inspires you: "Work hard. Be Humble. Love what you do."

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Dealing with the pressures of performing.

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The limelight that occurs on stage can be one of the most rewarding moments of your life but it can also easily be the most terrifying. I recently traveled overseas to another country to compete in a major competition. Away from home, and away from family and all things that seem familiar. It was one of the scariest performances of my life. Not only is it the pressure of competing with others but the pressure of wanting to please those who supported you for making the journey. Keeping a happy mind in such an intense situation can lead to such a rewarding thrill.

My tips for any competition or performance is to keep your cool. Easier said than done, right? So here are some steps for calming your nerves before the big moment;

1. Always ensure you have had a healthy meal with enough energy to sustain you through your warm up and performance! This process can sometimes take hours, especially if your competition is running behind schedule. Along with that you should make sure you are drinking enough water the night before and leading up to the performance. With the nerves and excitement you may not even realize how dehydrated you are which will only make dancing on stage that much harder for your body to handle.

2. Always warm your body up properly. Try and time your warm up so that you are at your warmest and most relaxed right before going out on stage. There is no use in warming up your body just for it to go cold before you go back on stage, that will only waste energy. Start from the feet up and work your way slowly. Remember to switch on all those muscles that you use in practise.

3. Certain people work differently in pressured situations. Some people may constantly talk to others to calm their nerves or some may completely withdraw. Learn what makes you feel comfortable. For me I know I like to spend more time alone having my thoughts to myself. I find the best way is to separate yourself from other competitors maybe by going to a quite dressing room. Also bringing a pair of earphones and listening to your favourite playlist on your phone can be a good way to stay calm and lighten your mood. It is also very important to not always take offense to others in performance situations. People handle themselves in all different ways, what someone else says or does to you is not a reflection of you or your performance. So if anyone treats you in an odd way or begins to act unfriendly or rudely towards you, don't think about it, it’s your performance and your time to shine. Always remember to be considerate of others, be thoughtful before and after you have performed as others may not be as happy as you are with their performance.

4. The build up of entering stage should always be thought of in a positive way. Don’t think about who is performing before you. Look at the stage and plan your floor pattern. This could possibly be a new stage or a new dance never performed on stage by you. So your first few moments entering may be a little confronting. The lights may be shining very brightly and there may even be a dark pit of blackness where the audience is, but these are the things to embrace. Feel the hot lights give you a warm sense of energy. Its not often in life that there are pretty lights beaming down on you, so seize the moment and let yourself shine. The darkness where the audience is can help because you no longer need to look at their faces. If you are struggling to find a spot, there are usually some lights that are kept on in the audience and can act as a guide. Once you have got your bearing on stage let your worries melt away and just sink into the wonderful moment. You have worked as hard as you can up to this point and there is nothing more you can do other than to feel the music and let your heart lead your body.

Many people will never  get the opportunity to perform on a stage, so think about how lucky you are. FORGET your technique and DANCE! Because after all, isn't that the reason you're there.

X Layla

Stunning choreography on a deserted train platform

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American dancers Phillip Chbeeb and Renee Kester are mesmerising in this beautiful piece they choreographed and performed on a deserted train platform, watch and admire! 

We hope this inspires you to go and be fearlessly creative today, enjoy. 

Everyone will tell you it is hard to let go of pain... and it is. Since we are children we have been told to embrace the best of our experiences & disregard the worst... But what happens when the most beautiful memories from our past end up doing the most damage to our future?

How do we let go? 

How do we move forward? 

The past is comfortable
The past is familiar
The past is the prison I'm fighting to escape

Concept/Choreography:
Phillip Chbeeb
Renee Kester

Editing: 
Phillip Chbeeb

The Perfect Dance Diet - maybe not what you think...

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It's becoming more and more apparent in today's health industry that there's more to keeping fit than just exercising and counting calories. With plenty of new studies and research data being collected and published every year proclaiming to have uncovered some new (conflicting) 'key' to achieving the perfect healthy body, it's clear that everyone has there own ideas on the ideal path to fitness. One minute we're told 'No carbs!' the next it's 'More protein!' or, 'no sugar is the key!', but 'dairy is bad!'... 'actually, no, dairy is great! Just avoid chocolate', then 'If you're smart eat chocolate daily, just no caffeine!', 'Stick to margarine not butter. No, scratch that, butter is best!', 'Oh and coffee, coffee is actually wonderful.' ...*cue mental breakdown whilst sobbing into a box of half-eaten chocolates*.

It's no wonder that tucking into a meal these days can give any health-conscious human a mini-panic attack. One day during dance rehearsals for an upcoming show I found myself sitting between two friends, each convinced their lunch was the ultimate healthy diet,  sure to provide them with all the magic ingredients they needed and none of the evil foods that they were both adamant would somehow transform then into sumo-sized dancers  faster than Rothbart can magic Odette into a swan... the trouble was, they were completely opposing each other. One friend was adhering to a strict no-carbs philosophy, snacking on nuts at break time, and living off avocado and egg salad for protein and energy. The other friend in contrast, was of the opinion that fats were to be avoided at all costs, opting to consume as many low-fat, concentrated carbohydrates for sustained energy as she could cram into her tiny portioned lunch container - usually consisting of a banana and a brown rice or pasta dish - and the disapproval with which she eyed the innocent packet of nuts sitting beside me was practically palpable. Meanwhilst her food seemed to be physically repelling my no-carbs classmate. It was like sitting between Abby Lee Miller and Kelly Hyland from Dance Moms.

To say that things were 'tense' in the locker room is an understatement.

No carbs?

No carbs?

vs.                                                                                No fats?

vs.                                                                                No fats?

So who was right? Which diet is correct? The simple answer is both of them, and neither at the same time. Now hang on! Before you despair at that answer, roll your eyes and go back to Googling 'ultimate dancer diet' let us explain;

The problem with the concept of any 'diet' is that it necessitates the restriction of a certain food group, which when you listen to the 'weightloss experts' might sound like a great idea, but is really just an unhelpful fad, with nasty consequences and empty promises. The perfect diet is created through balance, not restriction. Every food group has a purpose and serves a valuable function within the human body, so trying to vastly reduce or eliminate any one of these is going to hinder your body from performing at it's optimum level, and when you are living a particularly active lifestyle as dancers are, this has an even greater impact on your body's ability to function properly and your overall well-being. Not only that, but you're going to have an extremely hard time, because the human body is one awfully clever little machine, and it will be constantly triggering you to crave the food group that it's being deprived of, in order to get what it needs. So if you decide to restrict your fat intake (when fat - by the way - is actually responsible for lowering cholesterol, burning sugar and stabilising blood sugar levels, building muscles and even promoting weight loss to name but a few of it's benefits), guess what's going to happen? You'll probably find yourself neck deep in a tub of Ben and Jerry's before the end of the week.

'Splurging' is often a sign that your body is feeling deprived.     (Image: www.accoladesfitness.com)

'Splurging' is often a sign that your body is feeling deprived.     (Image: www.accoladesfitness.com)

The truth is that any diet that focuses on 'cutting out' a certain food or food group is not acknowledging the way in which our body uses nutrient sources. Something that everyone needs to be aware of is that, even though every nutrient has a specific function, no nutrient ever works completely alone – this is known as the principle of nutrient interaction. Every thing that a nutrient does within the body, it does with the assistance of a series of other processes, which are only possible with the presence of other nutrients.

For example, as the Mental Health Foundation explains in a report by Courtney Van de Weyer; "If fat is ingested, it will be broken down into its different fatty acids, which may then be converted (or ‘elongated’) into the types of fatty acids the body needs. Similarly, protein will be broken down into its different amino acids. These are then available to perform a wide range of processes in the body – including acting as a precursor to other metabolic processes." - Hence, 'eliminating' fat is the equivalent of trying to take a leg off a table, and expecting it to stand straight; it's just not going to work.

The answer is balance: Carbs + fats in moderation will both do you the world of good.

The answer is balance: Carbs + fats in moderation will both do you the world of good.

So now you're starting to get the picture, how do you go about implementing a 'diet' strategy that won't leave you feeling like you're playing a great big nutritional guessing game... Here's some strategy tips to keep you on track:

The Guidelines.

1. Keep it simple: Yes, everything does serve a purpose in the human body. That being said, not all foods are created equal. If you're not sure how healthy something is for you, remember, the less refined the food, the better it's likely to be. Eg: if something looks like it's been plucked right out of the garden (ie. raw fruit and vegetables, nuts, etc.) then you know it's going to be high in nutritional content and lower in additives and nasty preservatives, artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners. If however, it looks more like it's sliced and sautéed it's way through Gordon Ramsay's kitchen, whilst it's (surely) going to be delicious, it's pretty safe to assume that there will be more of those unwanted, processed ingredients and less of the natural stuff. To take it up another notch, if it's takeaway you bought from a fast food joint the other night, and it's sitting in your fridge and still looking fresher than you do after an invigorating jazz class... well it's probably more parts preservatives than food.

So given the choice between two foods, always try to opt for the fresher, less processed of the two. Your body will definitely appreciate it, and I'd wager your tastebuds will too!

2. All things in moderation: So you're craving chocolate? Okay, have some. As long as your idea of 'some' isn't a whole block of Cadbury and a packet of TimTams then there's no harm in having a treat every now and then. Even someone with the self-discipline of, well.... a dancer! - Is not going to be able to maintain a diet that restricts everything even moderately naughty. We all need a treat every so often, regardless of whether to you that means a slice of homemade pizza or an indulgent scoop of icecream. As long as you don't approach the treat with a self-destructive mind-frame ("OMG my diet is ruined, I will never succeed now!" - ahem, not true!) then having something tasty that you enjoy can give you the boost of motivation you need to keep going with your goals, and reassure you that healthy eating is a reward itself, not a sentence to be endured.

3. Stop focusing on the (so-called) bad and start focusing on the good. So far, the health industry has maintained a pretty firm 'Avoid this!!' type tactic when it comes to educating people on what to eat, but at the end of the day, creating negative images around food is only going to leave you feeling miserable and restricted, and set you up for failure. Consequently when you do fall off the wagon, the negative connotations that we have self-imposed on 'bad foods' transfers to you, and you end up feeling like a bad person, or even disgusted with yourself, which isn't just untrue (stop it!) and harmful, but only greatens the chance that you're likely to slip up again, since you're already feeling like you've failed. Solution: when you're wanting to improve your diet or lifestyle, focus on what you need to start doing or eating and forget about the negative things to avoid. Your new healthier routine will naturally start to replace the old foods and habits without you actively avoiding them. ...And you'll be so much happier for it.

Oh, and the same goes for your body. If you really want to succeed in having a healthier, stronger physique, then focusing on the negatives ain't gonna cut it. If you've been working your butt off, and eating healthy for two weeks, but you're still looking in the mirror and attacking your own reflection then of course you're going to struggle to keep going. How are you supposed to keep working hard when you're still only scrutinising your flaws. From day one it's essential that you create a positive attitude towards your body in order to ensure you're giving yourself the best chance at success. Make it a goal to notice the improvements instead of the flaws. Arms looking a little more toned? Yay. Stomach feeling a little tighter? Woohoo. Did an extra 10 minutes on the treadmill today? Go You! Body shaming yourself will never help in any way. It will definitely make the job harder. And you deserve better.

4. It may be a cliche, but remember the mantra 'You are what you eat' ...because we absolutely are.

...just not quite this literally!

...just not quite this literally!

A human body weighing 65 kg comprises: 61.6% water, 17% protein, 13.8% fats, 6.1% minerals and, 1.5% carbohydrates. So as you can see, cutting out proteins or fats, even moderately, is going to have a huge impact on your entire body, especially when 20% of the entire body’s calorie intake goes to the brain alone. And yes I know we're all getting a little tired of experts harping on about how much water we need to be drinking... but you really do need it! Fluid is continuously lost throughout the day with sweat, evaporation and excretion, and if it's not replaced the dehydration will start to affect your mood and alertness. Amongst other things, the bodily fluid we maintain through drinking/ingesting water is responsible for digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

And then of course food with high water content often looks larger, is absorbed more slowly by the body, and it's greater volume requires more chewing, which all helps you to feel fuller. So opting for foods with a higher water content can be an extra strategic step in keeping up the good work; fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans are all great snacks and meals that will increase your water intake and boost your will power.

It's also a great way to look at eating as a tool with which you are building and improving yourself every single day. Each food that you put in your mouth is helping to shape who you will be tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that. This makes eating that bowl of veggies even more rewarding when you're aware of how much your healthy eating habits will impact your body.

Image source: https://iamimperfectandiamenough.wordpress.com

Image source: https://iamimperfectandiamenough.wordpress.com

So there you have it. Hopefully we've helped to shed a little light on some of the common dieting misconceptions that bombard us all on a daily basis and have put an end to any tragic 'fat-phobia' or 'carb-phobias' you may have been suffering from. At the end of the day the main thing to remember is to trust your body, and to treat it with the respect and love that it deserves.

After all, your body produces 25 million new cells each second, your brain has over one billion brain cells, and your nerve impulses are firing off at an incredible 400 km/hr. Your heart is beating around 100,00 times every day, whilst your eyes can see up to ten million different colour surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man, and in your lifetime you will store one quadrillion (that's one million, billion) separate bits of information... so take a minute to think about how amazing your body is, and then go and do something awesome with it!

Happy being-active guys! 

Article by Elly Ford

Why you shouldn't act your age!

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For the young-at-heart adults out there, we have good news about keeping your inner child alive and kicking (and making the outside match!).

Here is the only excuse you ever need to act like a big kid again, because the verdict is in, acting young keeps you young! ...no need to tell us twice.

The research: In 1981, Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer set up a short but classic experiment: For five days, a group of men in their seventies left their homes and temporarily lived in a house set up to look like 1959, with dated magazines, dated music, and Ed Sullivan on a black and white TV. When the men walked (or shuffled) through the door, they were told to put on Mad Men-era clothing and act as if they were 22 years younger.

The surprise: After they left, they took a battery of tests and seemed to actually be a little physically younger. Acting like their middle-aged selves had left them with better flexibility, dexterity, and even slightly better eyesight. It was a small study, and never published. But it pointed Langer in the direction of decades of further research that supported the simple idea that if you act younger, your body will be a little younger too.

The research inspired a simple new video. As part of an ad campaign, Kiehl's, the skincare brand, asked a group of people to say how old they felt—and then dance as if they were that age, as a reminder that age on a calendar isn't much of a reflection of health.

The campaign "is about embracing our 'second age'—the age we feel," says Chris Salgardo, president of Kiehl's USA. "When we were building this, we said things like 'we hope that it will inspire the 15-year-old budding entrepreneur to start a company, the 40-year-old to get out and dance at that club, inspire a 60-year-old to practice for that triathlon.' But the bigger, loftier hope is that it inspires everyone who watches it to simply feel good in their own skin."

They saw dance as the best way to express age. "The Internet is pretty good support of this—if you look up 'old lady dancing' you find endless numbers of hysterical old women dancing to hip hop," says Evan Slater, partner and creative director for Night Agency, which produced the ad. "It's one of those forms of expression that no matter how old you get, you can also express yourself if you're in the mood. It's a universal thing, regardless of age or culture or language. Dance is sort of an easy equalizer."

Though casting included a couple of professional dancers, most of the people in the film are ordinary people reacting to being asked to express their age through dance.

"A lot of times you try to find yourself using the edit room to tell a story that isn't there," says Slater. "In this case, I was amazed at how the theory wasn't just a theory—we didn't have to concoct a story. It's true. You find people and ask them how old they feel, and give them a very simple vehicle to express it, and they can. It's a genuine thing."

Source: Adele Peters, for Co.Exist

Don Quixote in real life..?!

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...throwing it back to this little gem because - frankly - if this doesn't help you through those pesky middle-of-the-week blues then we don't know what will.

It's just our long-time idol and all round ballet whizz kid Daniil Simkin innocently going about his day in NYC... as Basilio, from Don Quixote. And since Simkin is currently killing it in the States with his self-initiated art project, Intensio, debuting at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, we thought it was time to revisit what happens when you let Simkin do his thing... Hilarity ensues.

Enjoy!

Directed & shot by Alexander Ekman
Shot and Edited by T.M. Rives

 

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New Black-Swan inspired mini-series to air this year!

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For those of you still suffering from Dance Academy withdrawals (...who isn't?), we have good news!

A new ballet-focused mini series is currently in the works; described as a "dark and gritty drama that unflinchingly explores the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world" - Starz' new drama series Flesh and Bone features dancer Sarah Hay (previously in Aronofsky's film Black Swan) who plays the role of a young ballet dancer making her way in a prestigious New York ballet company.

The cast boasts an impressive selection of professional and former professional dancers (the producers have stated they aimed to use as many real dancers as possible as opposed to actors with body doubles... hurrah!) including former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko, current American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky, and Ballet Arizona company dancer Raychel Diane Weiner. The series also sought out Ethan Stiefel, artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, who served as consultant and choreographer. He created 13 minutes of original ballet in addition to the other elaborate dancing involved in the series.

Certainly something to loo forward to for anyone who's a fan of dance dramas on the small screen! The mini-series is set to air on November 8th in the US, hopefully closely followed by an Australian release date!

Sarah Hay (left), Ethan Stiefel (centre) and Irina Dvorovenko (right).

Introducing...

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Name: Daniel
Age: 24
How did you get into dancing, and how old were you? I got into dance through a local youth arts group, I was about 16 at the time.
What do you like about Energetiks? the STYLE!
Do you have a favourite style of dance? I love contemporary dance, the long flowing movements and the ease of storytelling
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If I had it my way, I would be dancing every day, and acting in my spare time.
What do you like to do when you're not dancing? I act, I am currently learning lines for one play while writing a script for another play.
All-time favourite dance movie: Billy Elliot!
Best dance memory/moment: The very first time I danced in front of an audience (I have been on stage many times before but never for dance) the feeling was amazing, like nothing in the world mattered. The audience faded away, time slowed and the lights reflected off of the stage and my fellow dancers and we just moved... it was beautiful.
Food you can't live without: That's an easy one CHOCOLATE.
The person you'd most like to meet: I would have loved to have met Michael Jackson... he was an amazing artist.
Favourite saying or advice that inspires you: "If it is to be, it is up to me."

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