Cross-training is very common among professional athletes such as hockey, baseball, football, and basketball players. As dancers we spend so much time working on our ballet technique, pointe shoes, rehearsals, and classes when do we have time for another activity?
However more and more we are finding that to get the most out of those rehearsals and classes is to cross-train.
What is cross training?
Cross training is training in two or more sports in order to improve fitness and performance, especially in a main sport.
What is cross training for dancers?
Cross-training is a very broad term used to explain diversifying your training. However with dancers there are many levels for cross-training depending on how broad you want to go. For our ballet dancers I’m just going to break it down into 3 levels.
Level 1: Diversification in Ballet – Cross-training in styles of ballet
This level of cross-training is the most common in ballet dancers. It is good to get experiences with different styles of ballet whether it is classical, contemporary, neo-classical, Balachine technique, Vagnova technique, etc.
There are lots of different ballets and lots of different styles. It is good to cross-train in different styles to become a stronger dancer. A classical ballet can teach you artistry, while a contemporary ballet might work on your technique more.
This level of cross-training is pretty simple, now let’s explore more.
Level 2: Diversification in Dance – Cross-training in styles of dance
Going a little bit further out of our comfort zones, it is good for dancers to explore other styles of dance. Ballet is the basis of all dance. Every other style of dance is rewarded by learning and studying ballet. However artistry and movement for ballerinas is improved by learning and studying other [...]