Now youíre a twirler, but training doesnít stop once you leave the studio. Talent must be nurtured ó even at home. With a little extra effort put in to make sure your mind and body are prepared for the intricacy of the choreography, youíre bound to ace that next performance! Eating well is the first and foremost basic of keeping your body balanced throughout the day. While treating yourself to fast food after a strenuous day sounds very tempting, the high levels of fat and salt will deplete your energy faster and essentially undo your efforts to remain fit. Opting to trade salty snacks for vitamin and protein-strong substitutes will keep your body happy and ready to tackle the day. Sleep plentifully; a comfortable 8 to 10 hours of sleep has proven to boost athletesí abilities. If time is an issue, a nap after eating, in addition to sleeping at night, can improve brain activity ó and itís important to stay sharp when searching for where that baton is falling! Itís recommended that you t
Fire Dancing 101
We all know that scene in Lilo and Stitch where David steps on the stage during the luau and begins to twirl fire. To a little kid, the act of spinning fire around as you dance seems incomprehensible. Fire dancing was established hundreds of years ago by the people in Polynesia, and itís something thatís still commonly practiced today. If youíre looking to take your baton twirling skills to the next level, fire dancing might be the perfect challenge for you.
Safety is the most important skill a fire dancer can have. They need to know how to properly handle the baton and make sure to keep the baton moving. If you do stop, make sure the baton is horizontal. If itís vertical, you risk the fire crawling up the baton and onto your arm. When tossing or twirling the baton, make sure to grip the middle. The ends are, unsurprisingly, hot to the touch.
If youíve just started fire dancing, practice with your baton unlit. This will help you get a feel for the weight and movement of your bat
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