Planning and having a schedule in the summer time can feel like a drag. However, it’s going to ensure that you’re maximizing the value of your summer intensive and not losing all of the strength and technique gains of the summer.

There will be times of craziness and times of total calm – this is good! It provides an opportunity for you develop yourself not just as a dancer but also as a person.

Summer intensive time will be busy. Most summer intensive schedules are packed. Take some of the best things that you learn while you’re there and figure out how to take those lessons with you into the quieter, less active weeks.

Take notes. Make a schedule for your time off. Seek out new opportunities for movement. Set up new routines as quickly as possible. Look ahead and anticipate what’s going to shift in your schedule, food, and dancing.

In addition to all the planning, remember to allow yourself to have some days with no schedule.

What do you do in the summer time to maximize your dance improvement? Have you found an effective way to transition from summer intensive to time off from dancing? I’d love to hear your tips and take. Share in the comments below!

The ups and downs of your summer dance schedule!

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

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