Health & Body

These Tips Will Help You Come Back From the Break Feeling Refreshed Rather Than Behind

Coming back from a break can be brutal. Your mind and body have been completely checked-out for the past week, and it feels impossible to be your previously energized self again.

Here are six things you can do to come back feeling refreshed and excited!

1. Drink A LOT of water.

This is the answer to everything, isn't it? Stay hydrated and you're sure to have a better day than you would have had otherwise.

2. Get a good night's rest.

Holidays are rarely synonymous with sleep, so make sure you make up for those restless nights by sleeping an appropriate amount the night before you go back to work. Believe us. It's SO worth it.

3. Plan out your day and get caught up on any important studio information.

Before you get back in the thick of things, make sure you're up to date on any and all parent e-mails, performance details, class announcements and schedule changes.

3. Eat healthy meals and snacks that day.

Take care of yourself so you can have the energy necessary to get through your long days.

4. Meditate.

Prep your mind for what's coming.

5. Warm up.

Prep your body for what's coming.

6. Remind yourself why you love to teach.

Make a list of all the things you love about teaching to pump you up for class.

Dance Teacher Awards

Who knew that a virtual awards ceremony could bring our community together in such a powerful way?

Last night, we celebrated the annual Dance Teacher Awards, held virtually for the first time. Though it was different from what we're used to, this new setting inspired us to get creative in celebrating our six extraordinary honorees. In fact, one of the most enlivening parts of the event was one that could only happen in a Zoom room: Watching as countless tributes, stories and congratulations poured in on the chat throughout the event. Seeing firsthand the impact our awardees have had on so many lives reminded us why we chose to honor them.

If you missed the Awards (or just want to relive them), you're in luck—they are now available to watch on-demand. We rounded up some of the highlights:

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As studios in many areas begin to open up with safety protocols in place, dance students are, of course, itching to get back into class. But just because dancers can go back to in-person training doesn't mean all families are ready for their children to actually do so.

As a parent, it's understandable to feel caught between a rock (your dancer's will to attend in-person class) and a hard place (your concerns surrounding COVID-19). Yet no matter how many tears are shed or how much bargaining your dancer tries, the bottom line is that when it comes to issues of health and safety, you—the parent—have the final say.

Still, there may be ways to soften the blow, as well as best practices for setting or amending expectations. We asked Danielle Zar, a child and adolescent psychotherapist who specializes in parent education, to share some tips for this tricky situation.

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