It’s that point of the yr once more once we get to bounce to our hearts content material (and extra) on the San Francisco Tango Marathon! This yr’s sold-out marathon is November 9-11th, and attendance is capped at 450 dancers. So in the event you’d like to affix for subsequent yr, be certain that to enroll early!

I like Tango festival because it’s a possibility to be surrounded by a whole bunch of people that share my ardour. It’s fantastic to bounce in distinctive and exquisite venues with prime Ta0go DJs, orchestras and be surrounded by unbelievable dancers from all over the world. Nonetheless, as thrilling as they could be, festivals may also be mentally and bodily exhausting. Beneath are strategies on the way to have a terrific competition expertise and stop exhaustion or accidents.

Dance with new individuals!

Right here you’re at a competition full of dancers from throughout, some might have even traveled 1000’s of miles simply to take pleasure in this occasion. After all it’s simple to bounce with individuals you already know, however the most effective a part of festivals is the chance to make new associates and new dance companions.

Preserve an open thoughts, as somebody you’ve gotten by no means seen earlier than could also be a wonderful dancer. Additionally, share the love by introducing individuals who might not know one another, they usually might do the identical for you.

One of the best ways to ask somebody to bounce is to make use of cabeceo. This goes for individuals you realize already and people you don’t. Girls and gents, if you wish to dance, be certain that to lookup and round and even behind you. If you’re busy speaking to associates or solely trying on the dance ground it will likely be laborious to get a dance. And sure, it’s okay for a follower to do the asking by way of cabeceo.  Simply catch your potential associate’s eye, give them a smile and point out to the dance ground along with your head or eyes. Bear in mind, the purpose of being on the competition is to bounce. If you happen to can’t catch their eye, it’s finest to set your sights on one other associate.

How you can deal with your ft and physique throughout and after the competition:

Hours and hours of dancing and standing is difficult on the physique. So as to stop harm and guarantee your physique is in good situation for a number of nights of dancing, be certain that to search out time to observe self-care. 

Change Your Dance Sneakers

It’s a good suggestion to carry multiple pair of dance footwear. By simply altering your footwear, you may be utilizing totally different foot muscle groups. For women, alternating your heels with a pair of flats or decrease heels is a good concept. Males can also profit from sporting a distinct pair of footwear. Ayano of four Dancing Toes sells some nice merchandise that may assist your ft really feel higher and recuperate quicker.  (They will even be offered on the SFTM consignment retailer).

Ice Water Foot Soak

If you get residence after dancing soak your ft in ice water.  Discover a big bucket, bowl or pot, fill it with water and ice cubes after which soak your ft for a most of 10 minutes. Ensure to have a towel close by to dry and heat up your ft as soon as you’re accomplished.  It should sting at first, however your ft will thanks for it the subsequent day. That is the speculation behind it:  Cryotherapy (“chilly remedy”) constricts blood vessels and reduces metabolic exercise, which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown. As soon as the pores and skin is not in touch with the chilly supply, the underlying tissues heat up, inflicting a return of quicker blood stream, which helps return the byproducts of mobile breakdown to the lymph system for environment friendly recycling by the physique.

Legs Up The Wall Pose

One other nice option to calm down and re-energize is to position your ft up in opposition to a wall.  You are able to do this in opposition to any empty wall and even in your mattress. Ensure to position your bum as near the wall as attainable, and let your legs relaxation in opposition to the wall with ft going through the ceiling.

The “Legs up the Wall” pose gives reduction of drained or cramped ft and legs and likewise a mild stretch for the again of the legs, entrance torso and the again of the neck. It will probably additionally relieve gentle again aches and helps calm the thoughts. Simply 10 minutes will rejuvenate each your physique and thoughts.

Epson Salt Baths

Epson salt or deep sea salt baths will actually pull toxins out of your physique and together with it, your aches and pains.  Simply add two cups of Epsom salt to your bathtub and soak for no less than 12 minutes. When Epsom salt is dissolved in heat water,  it’s absorbed by way of the pores and skin and replenishes the extent of magnesium within the physique. The magnesium helps to supply serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical throughout the mind that creates a sense of calm and rest. Bear in mind, a relaxed physique makes for higher Tango dancing.

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