While teaching jazz at Gus Giordano Dance, sometimes Lauren Giordano Curran forgets she's not a student. “You have to listen to your body. I have to know I can't do a full-out battement because I'm going to tear my hamstring," she says. “Teachers forget that and go right into it, and you find yourself, like, 'Ooh that didn't feel right. I shouldn't have done that.'"
Some dancers who retire from performing are surprised that teaching can be even more stressful on their bodies. “You're stopping and starting, jumping out of nowhere, not doing things on both sides," says Clarice Marshall, who teaches Pilates, injury prevention and Gyrotonic for dancers and company ballet class at Mark Morris Dance Group. “In a dance career, if you're lucky enough to be employed by a major company, your job is to take care of yourself. You have the time to go to class and work on things during the day." As a teacher, that isn't always an option. If you're devoting your full attention to students during class, it's important to make time to warm yourself up beforehand.
Another day, another dance video less-than-professionally executed by a celebrity. This time, it's singer Tinashe, leading us through a "ballet inspired" warm-up for Allure magazine. It's clear she's had some dance training—according to Allure, she grew up as a competitive ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop dancer—but there are also some clear issues, like heels popping up in a second position grande plié and some particularly flamboyant hands and arms. We can appreciate that this is ballet-inspired and not strictly ballet (she does have tennis shoes on), but isn't it about time we had a professional dancer lead us through exercises like these?
Are we being too tough on her? Watch the video and let us know.