With a background in ballet, jazz and hip-hop, Bellevue Club trainer Katie Milne complements her classes and training with dance-inspired movements. In the following pages, she explains and—beautifully demonstrates—why.
“The most important thing I learned from dance is how to connect with my body on a deeper level. It taught me an incredible sense of awareness as to what’s going on when I move. This often allows me to make on-the-spot adjustments in my alignment to help avoid injury or perform a movement more effectively. Overall, I think a lot of people lack a connection with their body. For example, many people struggle with how to engage a certain part of their body while keeping other parts still. It’s all about getting to know your body.”
“Dance is very efficient at addressing agility, mobility, flexibility and taking them to the next level. I’ve noticed a lot of young kids these days are good at their specific sports, but struggle with simple stretches and have tight muscles, especially in the hamstrings and hips. It’s great to be good at sports, but a balance can be so huge in creating a well-balanced, healthy body.”
“In modern, jazz and hip-hop you get low to the ground so it works the quads, hamstrings and glutes—the large muscle groups—and naturally makes you strong. Because of how grounded you have to be to move from one side to the other, it can build a lot of strength using just body weight, not to mention the jumping and other big movements.”
“Dancing can be a great cardio workout. I think it’s helpful that it’s fun and by nature varies greatly. It’s a lot of very explosive movements—you move slow and then fast, you might jump or slide. In my classes, I use the dance-based movements to go in and out of plyometric exercises and create different, fun transitions.”
“It’s really important to not be hard on yourself. For me, dancing is the best way to just let myself go. Because in the end, who cares what it looks like. It’s just about moving and getting lost in the movement. The objective is to be set free in that hour instead of being like, ‘Oh shoot, I didn’t do that step perfectly.’ It just feels good to move, and the other stuff comes with practice.”
Join Katie and fellow BC trainer Missy Smith for IGNITE, a two-hour dance and strength-based workshop on Sunday, June 25 at the Bellevue Club. You will get your heart rate up by learning dance choreography for the first hour and then focus on strength building for the remainder of the workshop. Space is limited, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to register now. For members and guests.