As much as you may want to keep working to become the best dancer that you can be, it just isn’t realistic to spend every waking minute working in the dance studio. That isn’t to say, however, that you can’t be improving your abilities in other ways when you’re not here. Here are a few ideas from Soaring Dance Theatre of Monroe to help you support your dance training with other activities.

Cardiovascular Endurance

Dancers need strong hearts and lungs to be able to deliver the intense, sustained activity of a performance, or even just to make it through their dance classes. Running, swimming, and cycling are all great forms of aerobic activity that provide great cardio training and help you increase your endurance.


There’s no doubt about it, dancers need good balance and a strong sense of control over their bodies. Gymnastics is great for developing the strength and balance you need to be able to pull off complicated dance moves that you would otherwise find too difficult or disorienting.


We offer yoga classes in our dance studio to help students unload stress with simple breathing practices, mild to moderate stretching exercises, and meditations that help you strengthen the connection between mind and body.

Resistance Training

If you’re looking to build strength, you must be careful not to develop extra muscle bulk that can lead from grace to awkwardness. Resistance bands, push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups are all great exercises you can do that require you to manage your body’s weight using different muscle groups, helping you to develop more of the lean muscle you need.

The next time you’re looking for something to improve your dance abilities without actually visiting your Monroe dance studio, try one of these exercises. It will make your performance that much better when you do make it back!