So this week I want to talk about socks. Haha, very funny. No, I'm serious...socks. Very controversial as to whether dancers should wear socks or not. In my opinion it is a personal preference and I prefer to warm up in them but I always wished they had a nice grip to the floor so I could still feel grounded as I warmed my body up and began to thread into movement.
I am definitely a lover of wearing socks as I dance but again, hated the feeling of uncontrollable sliding in some. For me being able to wear socks and keep my feet warm is important. As someone who fractured a metatarsal in their foot- I am always on the lookout to keep my feet nice, warm, and secure.
In rehearsal on Thursday, we were rehearsing for tour coming up (linked below!), I had the grande idea of wearing a certain pair of socks all throughout rehearsal and test them out. I tried, along with one of my favourite people Jamie Erin Murphy, the new Blochsox by Bloch. They are shaped as a compression sock and had grips on the bottom of them to prevent too much slipping from occurring. I must say... these are the greatest socks I ever put on my feet. The thick material keeps my feet warm and the compression around my foot is tight and supportive. I 100% recommend these socks.... I now have 2 pairs and will possibly get more...
Try them out and they will change your view on dancing with socks on... well maybe just warming up in socks... again, it's a personal preference!!!
SOCKS LINKED BELOW--- I GOT MINE AT TUTU!
After being back in the swing of things since the new year, my body has been sore and tired. When you’re working constantly and rehearsing you need to take time to recover and do the things necessary for your body to get back into the routine. Self-care is the topic and the thing I will try to begin practicing this year! Taking time for yourself- not pushing aside priorities- but knowing when it’s right to take some time out of the day and treat yourself. For me, I am working on being kinder to my body and that means knowing how to recover after rehearsal and how to prevent myself from really feeling terribly sore the next 3 days.
Here are my tips and tricks to the routine I am going to begin implementing into my week:
Moving forward- knowing when and how to take care of your body is very important especially being an older dancer. These are simple tips and they are easy to implement into your recovery routine so try it out- your body will thank you!
Shana Simmons Dance Company Member