Dancers Don’t Run?

Well, at least that’s what I firmly believed until now. For me personally, anyway.

BUT while I have always maintained that I hate running (I think I still do), I have done it. And by it, I have gone running. No, I was not forced to run for class credit, and I wasn’t bribed. (I may have gotten ice cream after, but that was one time).

In the past week I ran not once, not twice, but four times. I ran with my mom and dad for just over a mile each time. And you know what? I’m proud of myself. For me, that’s pretty good. The first time was horrible, and I threw myself on the ground afterward like so:

I know, such a fabulous picture of yours truly.

But the next couple of times were not as bad. Just four times, and I was already building some stamina. Actually, the reason I agreed to go with my parents in the first place was because I haven’t been dancing as much. Our company season is over now (sad face), and I can feel myself getting out of shape. We only have class once or twice a week, and each time I have no stamina at all. If the peak of my stamina is running snowflakes multiple times during nutcracker season, this is like the complete opposite. I needed to do something, and  the answer was evil, it required sneakers, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought after the first time.

So there you have it. This dancer who doesn’t run, runs.

Running for dancers has a bit of debate over pros vs. cons in the dance world. I don’t really lean too far either way, but, my dear readers, penny for your thoughts?



  1. I was also a very anti-running dancer until I was training on a canoe paddling team (long story) and they made us run on the beach. At the same time I was rehearsing four swans variation. Everyone else was winded at the end but I could do it over and over. That’s when I first realized the benefits of running. I haven’t been running since my achilles injury last year but I ran a mile last week. It felt great. I had to ice my ankles the next day but I am going to try to do it more often–trying to get into better shape for summer! Happy running!

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  2. I thought running was for people who did not own a car / bike / horse / sedgeway or even a skateboard 😛
    Seriously though, I can understand the for and against camps, but I don’t know enough to shed any light on it 🙂

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    • I’m not sure, but running culture is growing!

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      • Very true, that and cycling here are huge too…
        Oh “here” is South Africa 🙂

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      • South Africa? That is so cool that someone in South Africa reads this! I live all the way in the United States! I feel so special 🙂

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      • It’s a small world in some ways.
        Interestingly enough the one dancer I have photographed here is currently in NYC dancing 😀


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