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Irish Dance Training Tips For The Summer Months

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Ally Giannini is an Open Champion dancer for the Lenihan School of Irish Dance as well as a student at Fairfield University. She loves keeping updated on all things Irish Dance. For more from Ally, follow her on twitter @ally_geeniee019.

After a long, cold winter temperatures are finally starting to rise. Warmer weather is great for a lot of reasons. It doesn’t take as long for muscles to warm up and we can go to dance class without five layers of clothing. There are still some important things to remember while training in summer months.
    

Warm-ups Are Still Important

Even though it’s warm outside and your legs feel good, it’s still important to do a thorough warm-up and stretch. When you’re done dancing it is also important to do a cool down stretch. There are tons of videos on Diddlyi with great warm-ups.

Editor’s note: Find Ciara Sexton’s warm-up here and Paula Goulding’s here. Stay tuned for Scott Doherty’s warm-up which will be available soon.

    

Hydrate, Hydrate

Warmer temperatures means an increase in sweating. While sweating is a good thing because it helps our bodies cool down, we also lose electrolytes when we sweat. Water is very important, and should be consumed throughout the day, during and after practice. However, for extended practices sports drinks are a great option for replacing electrolytes. So, for long practices and summer camps definitely consider throwing a sports drink in your bag.
    

Remember Protein

I know that my appetite definitely decreases in the summer months when I get really hot from dance class. It’s important to remember to have a protein snack after your dance workout. This is important to support your muscle growth. My personal favorite is ice cold chocolate milk. Smoothies with protein powder are also a great option.
    
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