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Should You Dance If You Have A Cold?

Dance practice with a cold blog article by Marcin Raczynski

Winter season is coming so it’s high time to figure out whether you should still go to your dance practice when you have a cold or not.

It’s typical that just before your important competition or show, you catch a cold. When you least expect it. Runny nose, headache, sweat and tiredness. Turning with a blocked up nose and fear whether you’re gonna drop on the floor from suffocation or something unexpectedly flies out of your nose. But they say “the show must go on”. Do you know the feeling?

Consider the following in your practices when you feel like “dying” (unless you’re a guy and have a man-flu in which case you may literally be dying).

  1. Are you fit enough to even stand?

    You will know your best whether you’re going to have a productive practice or not. If every part of your body hurts and all you’re thinking about is bed, then probably your Samba may not have the 3/4 timing you dream about and swaying in Slow Waltz will be more of a drunken sailor’s step.

    Usually if all symptoms are above the next i.e. blocked nose, headache, sore throat, then you will probably be OK to dance. But remember to adjust the intensity of your practice and not do “10 final rounds” in a row.
    Dance practice with a cold blog article by marcinlondon

  2. More brain, less muscles

    Light practice can also be a great practice. Clarify your timings and directions in small parts of your choreographies. These should be your priority anyway.

    Just moving and dancing with low intensity may make you feel better by increasing blood circulation to muscles. When you’re fit enough, do it. Not many dancers can spend all day in bed when big competitions or shows are coming up.

  3. Bed time!

    I know, I know- resting is the last thing on your mind a few days before a dance comp. I’ve been there too. But the earlier you start looking after yourself, the quicker you will get better.

    Here is a list of best dancing things to do in bed when you’re ill:

    • Watch YouTube videos
    • Listen to music and visualise your choreos whilst counting
    • Glue crystals onto your dress
    • Check what competitions and shows are coming.
    • After watching dance comps on YouTube, draw some sketches of your next dress or shirt
    • Watch a movie about dancing for inspiration- ballet, musical
    • Read a book about dancing
    • Catch up on all the blog articles I wrote for you 🙂
      Dance practice with a cold blog article by marcinlondon
  4. Eat. Pray. Drink.

    Well, just stick with the first and third. The middle one comes when you’re still ill a day before your competition.

    Your body is already working hard to fight off any viruses so make sure you feed it enough energy to keep going. You may not feel hungry or thirsty when you’re ill.

    During illness, increase how much water you drink especially if you decide to still practice. Because, what do you need to produce energy? WATER 🙂

  5. Keep it to yourself!

    You have a passion for dance and all your dancing friends do too. The last thing they want is to get ill. Think of your dance partner and your teacher before you decide to go to practice or lessons!

Dance practice with a cold blog article by marcinlondon

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