As we like to say here at Dancerholic “Perfect Practice” makes perfect. However the right dance training aides and tools can help you become stronger and improve your dancing skills at a rapid pace. In this article I want to share with your 12 dance training aides that we feel benefit our students the most. You may spend an hour or so a week in the studio with your instructor, but it is the amount of work you put in our your own at home, that will give you the quickest progression towards your dance goals.
The dance tools and aides we cover in this article are all very helpful. They are in no particular order. The best dance training aide really depends on the individual dancer. So choose the best aide(s) for you based upon your desire, strenght, experience and where you are on your personal dance journey.
DANCE EXERCISE POLES
It is my believe that every serious dancer should have a pole in their home if possible. Dance pole exercisng has so many benefits for all dancers that may not be obviously immediately.
1) Dance pole exercise is fun, and they will motivate you to exercise in other ways that may be more common to your field of dance.
2) Your Body will become more Limber. Mobility and flexibility is import in all dance. The more limber your body becomes the more freely you will be able to move.
3) Builds over all endurace. Virtually all your muscles are used during a fun dance pole exercise routine. This builds your endurance and ultimately your confidence, and we all know how important dance confidence is.
4) Added Strenth to your Bones and Joints. Joint pain is a serious and persistent issue for dancers. Pole danceing exercise will help you develop strong bones and connective tissue especially in your hands and legs which will serve you well in other dance genres and later in life with common repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome that people suffer from.
I could go on and on about the benefits of dance pole exercising, but I won’t. I know many Dancerholic readers have dance poles in their homes and have experienced the benefits I am sharing. If you don’t own a pole, the obivous question you probably have is where do I start?
Balance Board & Leg Stretching Strap ( 2 Piece Set)
One of the most common questions we receive at the studio from young dancers who want to up their game, and improve their skill is something like. “My birthday is coming up and I don’t know if I should ask my grandmonther for a dance stretching straps or balance board, which do you think I would benefit from the most?”
With youg dancers that is a hard question to answer because experienced teachers know, the obvioius answer is “both”, so I never knew how to best anser that question for our young students, until now.
Core Training and Flexibility Equipment should be used at home by all Dancers, Gymnastics, Cheerleaders, Figure Skaters and other athletes. Now you can get both leg stretching straps and balance board, together in one package at about the price you would normally invest in a quality dance balnce board, by itself. In this new package we have been recommending to our students you receive both the balance board pictured above and also dance leg straps that you can use at home.
These two products are sold together in one package. You will received the balance board and stretching straps in one package for less than $50.00. This is a powerful one – two punch for serioius young dancers.
There has been some debate on the value of Turnboards, and I sincerely don’t understand why. At Dancerholic we are all about supporting everything that helps dancers have fun, stay motivated, and practice.
The idea behind a turnboard is simple, and logical. A turn board is a slim rectangular board which works on the principle of reducing friction between the foot and the floor, allowing the dancer to learn to spin faster, quicker.
Dance teachers are divided in their opinions of turn boards. It is unclear to me as to why. If a student is not having funning, learning, and getting better, how long do dance teachers feel they will remain students?
The turnboard first hit the scene in the dance film documentary First Position.
Turn boards help dancers to master multiple turns. Some argue turn boards increase dancers’ confidence in performing lots of turns, which is correct and how can increasing confidence be bad?
The argue the technique employed to do so without a turn board is different. Turn boards are used with a flat foot, rather than the relevé of turns and pirouettes, so the dancers’ balance is not used the same as how they will turn usually. It can be argued that turn boards encourage incorrect technique, and using one will not mean the dancer can suddenly perform ten pirouettes off the board. Turning on a flat foot means the foot is not in the same position and the weight distribution is different than for pirouettes.
I understand the argument, I just respectfully disagree after seeing the benefits and confidence they have given to our students. You have to believe you can before you will. Turnboards help students develop belief, then we can work on the technique, and we do. I know some will disagree but I think the Turnboard Pro is a fabulous dance training aide, and I wouldn’t be doing my job if I left if off this list. For purest, those that don’t have budget concerns, and more experienced dancer wa always have and probably always will recomment the Dot2Dance Portable Dance Floor. For new dancers we suggest the Turnboard Prog and you can click the button below to get the most updated info and pricing.
Bloch Women’s Wave Split Sole Dance Sneaker Shoe.
The Bloch Women’s Wave Split Sole Dance Sneaker Shoe is a top-notch product that a dancer should have to enhance dancing performance. Why? The sneaker shoe has a synthetic sole, which makes it extremely comfortable and light for dancers. It would go a long way in significantly improving the dance steps of the wearer. The sneaker also has a cushion absorption heel for shock absorption and comfort, so go on ahead with those crazy dance steps. It’s got you covered!
ART PARK Upgrade Leg Stretcher, Versaflex, Ligament Stretcher, Leg Split Stretcher. (Stretch Set Include: Stretch Helper and Stretch Rod)
It is another multipurpose tool that is very useful at home. Stretching with this at home would save the stress of hitting the gym countless times. It contains a newly upgraded auto-lock feature. It is effortless to operate from the comfort of your home. The painting never fades due to the electrophoretic painting. It is of adjustable length, made from very high-quality material, and very easy to use. Thirty minutes a day is more than enough time needed to work with this beauty.
Vita Vibe – Prodigy Series Portable Double Aluminum Freestanding Ballet Barre, Stretch/Dance Bar – USA Made – 4 FT – 8 FT.
The Vita Vibe is another amazing dance aide. Surprisingly no tools needed to assemble. It is perfect for home use, and it is even found in some gyms. It comes with an exclusive ten years limited warranty, which caters to faults on the equipment. However strong the aluminum bars are, they are found to be very light. They can comfortably support the body weight. They also come with adjustable horizontal height barres ranging from 6 inches to 46 inches off the floor surface to accommodate different heights.
American Dance Supply Posture Reminder
This product is a comfortable elastic fit strap. It has a figure 8 shape design to accommodate the body shape comfortably. It is the perfect control for slouching and helps to maintain the perfect posture for dancing. It fits perfectly into your dance routine. It can also be worn under clothing without imposing any form of discomfort. This product is the perfect strap for dance posture correction.
TOCO FREIDO Waist Back Leg Stretch Strap/Yoga Fitness Band, Leg Stretching Assist Trainer, Yoga Stretcher, Back Bend Split Inversion Strap for Fitness, Dance, Ballet, Gymnastics
This product is very distinct. Why? Anybody who wants to exercise can make use of it. No age limit too. Adults and children can use it. It is also a piece of multipurpose equipment. Useful for exercising. It is used either for the waist, hands, or feet. It is very gentle on the skin due to the premium nylon fabric, which is very soft to touch. At the same time, it is also relatively easy to take care of.
X Habits Pro Professional Aerial Silks Equipment for All Levels – Medium Stretch Aerial Yoga Swing & Hammock Kit – Perfect for Indoor Outdoor Aerial Dance, Circus Arts
The Silk Swing is a piece of splendid equipment for aerial moves. The nylon fabric is stable and can withstand surprising weight capacities. It’s a complete all in one tool for an aerialist. It can be used in both indoors and outdoors. It also comes with the guide to completely set it up as it can be frustrating at times. With such strength, one would expect a thick fabric. However you would be intrigued that such a thin fabric holds power.
Spinner Skins Neoprene Dance Half Soles and Pouch
This Half soles with Neoprene fabric extremely comfy. It was specially designed for dancing. The design on the soles and porch is matching to avoid mix-up and helps to track it in case of misplacement. It is 3.75 inches wide to accommodate different feet sizes. It is made from original artwork and would be especially cherished by dancers. For those who are keen on designs, it comes with varying designs for different preferences.