Posted by Claudia Dean on

The holidays might be over, but that means the dance year is officially starting! This is hands down one of my favourite times of the year and I love seeing dancers rested, recharged and ready and raring to absolutely own the year ahead! Getting back into routine can be hard when you’ve had a bit of time off, so here are 4 of my top tips that will get you ready to come back to dance. 

  • Get Inspired 

  • Inspiration gives us both the means and the motivation to feel happier, more fulfilled and empowered to achieve our goals. The best thing about inspiration is that it comes in so many different forms! Whether it’s watching your favourite dance movie (give me any excuse to watch Center Stage), listening to a soundtrack that gets you moving or even reading a book about one of your favourite dancers, this is the perfect time to immerse yourself in things that ignite the inspiration in your belly! If you’re not sure where to start, our brand new Claudia Dean App has a whole host of things that will keep you inspired! 

  • Set some goals for the year 

  • One of my favourite things to do is to write my goals down and stick them in a place I’ll constantly see them, like in my planner, on my bathroom mirror, beside my bed or even in my dance bag. Did you know people who write down their goals are 42% more likely to achieve them? So whether your goal is a triple pirouette, doing the splits or achieving higher extensions, writing them down is the first step to achieving them! 

  • Stock up on some new dancewear 

  • This is definitely my favourite part and I truly believe that wearing the right dance outfit will not only boost your confidence, but it will also improve your technique as well as performance so it’s important to find something that works for you and your body. If you’re not sure where to start, I highly recommend our Aurora Leotard from our signature collection, which features a sweetheart neckline, flattering bust seam, lowbackline and our signature high cut leg lines - which are comfortable and flattering on all body types. 

    My favourite items at the moment are the Pro Bag 2.0 in Black (it seriously fits everything you need) the Iced Mint Crew Socks and Grape Slides (which are perfect for wearing to and from the studio) and 

  • Be kind to yourself 

  • The most important thing to remember is to be kind to yourself and make sure you ease yourself back into a busy schedule. You’re likely to have taken a bit of time off dance and movement over the holidays so I always recommend a bit of stretching in the few weeks prior to returning to the studio. I absolutely swear by my Power Bands from the Power Equipment Range and use them every night to stretch when I’m watching TV! They’re so versatile and can be used to stretch everything from your feet, hamstrings and quads right through to strengthening your muscles and improving turnout and the heights of your dèveloppè. One of my favourite features on our new Claudia Dean App is it includes 10, 20 and 30-minute daily exercises, so even just doing 10-minutes a day can make the world of difference in getting you prepared to return! 

    If you haven’t already, it’s time to get prepared for the year ahead! Follow my simple step by step below and you’ll be ready before you know it! 

    1. Download the Claudia Dean App now and check out the 10, 20 and 30 minute daily workouts
    2. Shop the Back to Ballet 2023 Collection now! 
    3. Check out our list of 2023 Intensives to make sure you don’t miss out 
    4. Follow us on Instagram for technique tips, new collection drops and a whole lot of inspiration! 

    Can’t wait to see you CD x 

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