Like Magic to the Body

Poster for a concert
Purchase Cares: A Benefit Concert for Dancers Responding to AIDS

Last night was a magical experience, so let me try and explain why.  There was a benefit concert held at my college for Dancers Responding to Aids. This concert featured dance pieces, musical performances and collaborations of the different arts; all created specifically for the concert, and to raise money for this cause. Overall, the concert and online fundraising prior to the show raised almost $3,000 for the organization! It is a pretty amazing thing when you realize that you can use your art for a good cause, and help to make a difference. That is one of the many reasons I love what I do.

I had the privilege of performing in a piece alongside my entire Senior dance class of 2016 (which consists of 32 dancers). We realized that it was the first time (and also the last since graduation is in 2 weeks) that we had all actually been able to perform together in the same piece. Although we always have technique classes together throughout the week, performing is just such a different and invigorating experience.

The greatest aspect of it, was that we all felt an incredible supportive and loving energy that was spread across that stage as we performed alongside each other. Every single one of us was smiling at one another and really connecting on stage. That is 32 authentic smiles all in one space at the same time. Now I call that powerful. The energy that was in the theater I can only define as the feeling of magic crackling through the air, into our muscles, and our hearts. I hope the audience was able to feel the magic, but I know that 32 unique and amazing dancers sure did.

I just thought I would share this experience while it is still fresh in my memory.

~Victoria

Water, Agua, H2O

Glass of water
Is this glass of water making you thirsty? If so, you’re already partially dehydrated.

Maybe you like it, maybe you hate it, maybe you prefer to swim in it rather than drink it… However you feel about water, there is no denying its importance to your health and your body. Especially a super active body that is constantly bending into all different shapes and moving in every direction. We have all heard the phrase “you should drink eight glasses of water a day”, but have you actually tried to track how much water you consume in one day? Sometimes it is difficult to track, if you’re on the run all the time, or alternating between a refillable bottle of water, and glasses of water when you are home. It’s easy to believe that you are drinking plenty of water just by going through a normal day, but if you really focus on it, you will find that it is actually easy to go through a day depriving your body of the water it needs.

So, you most likely already knew that you should drink a good amount of water, but do you really know why? Here are some important reasons below:

1.You, yes you, just sitting there as a human being are made up of 55%-70% water. Kind of hard to believe, right? How do we not just turn into a puddle all the time? (Maybe the Wicked Witch of the West melting away wasn’t such an exaggeration after all…) Anything that has a majority percentage contributing to its makeup, obviously needs that very thing to keep existing. Take a house for example. Say a house is made up of roughly 60% wood on top of the original foundation. Well, if you take away even just 5% of that wood, the house will not be able to stand and will end up collapsing. The same thing would happen to your body if it becomes dehydrated.

2.  By drinking your fair share of water, you avoid dehydration (and therefore the collapse of your house). If your body does become dehydrated, you will start to feel many different symptoms such as: fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps, high blood pressure, and dry skin. All of which are not helpful when dancing and certainly do not allow you to perform at your best.

3. Your brain also needs to stay hydrated! To stay focused and sharp in order to remember choreography and movement, your brain needs to be clear and at its best all the time. With even just a small depletion of water in the body, your brain will start to lose cognitive function and therefore your memory, your ability to think on your feet, and your dancing will be effected.

4. Your heart has to put in a lot of work from the constant cardiovascular needs of dancing. You wouldn’t want to make its job harder, would you? Without enough water, your blood viscosity increases therefore making your heart have to pump harder in order for blood to flow through the vessels and oxygen to travel to the organs and tissues of your body.

These are only a few major reasons why we must drink plenty of water! You cannot be physically active all the time, and not replenish your body with the amount of hydration it needs to function at its best. So if you are not currently drinking a glass of water, please get up and go get one. Your body will thank you!

~Victoria