This sponsored post is in cooperation with Falke.
Even though dancing ballet is creative and unique and all about trail and error and start again, there are few things that are gospel. And one of them is: Before you begin to dance, either on stage or in rehearsal, you need to warm up!
Every dancer has his or her own method, therefore it is always interesting if this method is being shared by the pros and since the warm up is the first thing a dancer does it only feels appropriate to start our cooperation with German brand Falke on this topic. We reached out to Sayaka Wakita of the Theater Dortmund to show us her way of warming up.
Sayaka Wakita was born in Kasugai, Japan and has been a member of Theater Dortmund since 2017. She started at the Victoria Ballet Academy in Toronto, Canada and went on to the Royal Ballet School in Antwerpen, Belgium. Sayaka had engagements with the Yakutsk National Ballet, Armenian National Ballet, and with the Mersin State Opera as well as with Astana Ballet. She has also danced in various ballet competitions.
My warm up is usually not longer than 30 minutes to 1 hour but I do go to the gym during my free time to work on inner muscles and core strengthening.
Let’s take a look how Sayaka warms up. Here are her personal 10 steps.
1. I drink coffee in an oversplit as soon as I wake up and I have a small treat (usually a small chocolate) in the morning.
2. Ankle stabilization with the Pita or Stabilizer Foam, 30 reps of plie, 30 reps of releves on both ankles
3. When I get to work, I like to start by getting into the studio and going directly to the mirror. I like to tie my hair right in front of the mirror and check that everything is in place before my class starts. Ballet is also a lot about the aesthetics. Also it gives me a sense of meditation and reminder that you work for yourself and not for anybody else.
4. Stretching my back on the roller.
5. 5-minute plank. There is not a day that I do not do this, even on days off or vacations. If I do not do this, my whole day gets wasted (literally). On the other hand, if I sleep in and I am late to work, but I still manage to do this exercise, my day will still turn out to be fine. It goes as follows:
1min plank for both arms
1 min plank for right side
1 min plank for both arms
1 min plank for left side
1 min plank for both arms
All continuously on a 5min timer lap
6. Feet exercise right and left. At least 20 sets with theraband
7. Stretches for the back (lie on your back and put your legs all the way to the otherside of the floor) at least 2 min of this.
8. Releve exercise for the ankle in pointe shoes
9. Side oversplit with a chair.
10. Class begins.
Music is also very important to Sayaka. You can often find her warming up while wearing her headphones and listening to music.
Her three must have songs include.
Raise your hand, if you have the song Moves like Jagger stuck in your head now!
How do you warm up? What songs do you like to listen to when you get ready to dance? Let us know!
Here are all of Sayakas choices to wear to warm up. to dance or to look good when you are active. All clothes are by Falke. Click the photo to buy.