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To say I'm concerned - Is an understatement!
Yes, we all want strong, beautiful feet with an arch to die for. But, at what cost?
There is a new copy of the wooden foot stretcher on the market and is openly advertising all throughout Social Media that it is a "safe" product for children as young as 8 to use.
THIS IS NOT SAFE!
Unless under the guidance of a medical professional, no child under the age of 11 or 12, under any circumstance should be using any foot stretcher to manipulate their feet; and that includes our THE-footstretcher™.
Because until about the age of 11-12, a childs feet are growing. Their growth plates are soft and easily damaged,. Growing feet will be permanently damaged if they are exposed to the manual manipulation applied by ANY foot stretcher (again, unless under professional medical application).
If you read our product disclaimers, we are very clear that THE-footstretcher™ is ONLY for users aged 11 or 12 or above AND that if around this younger age, they have been assessed by a professional dance physiotherapist to ensure they have passed a "pre-pointé assessment".
Don't take our word for it, ask your physiotherapist. Yes, some in this industry are of an age old opinion that they need to be against ALL foot stretchers. That's ok, that's their opinion; just like it was the opinion of the day that the world was flat until Christopher Columbus proved otherwise. But this opinion has been formed (and justifiably so) thanks to the poor and dangerous designs of other style foot stretchers (made from timber) with zero flexibility, zero training and zero additions such as dedicated massage and strength building inclusions.
THE-footstretcher™ is the ONLY scientifically researched and developed, guaranteed SAFE foot stretcher on the market; but ONLY for teenagers and adults who have feet that have finished growing - AND if using the included training guides prepared by Physical Therapists in the USA.
Please, consider the health and safety of your dancers, your children and of course yourself.
Read more about THE-footstretcher™ here: THE-footstretcher™
Under the appropriate age to use this product but still want to stretch your feet?
It's simple. Grab a tennis or massage ball and a stretch band and follow basic flex and stretch exercises that accompany these bands. Roll the sole of your foot over the tennis ball as you curve your foot. That's all you need to do.
All information and recommendations in this article are suggestions only. Please seek the advice of your medical professional BEFORE undertaking ANY exercise or other training regime.
Diva Dance Australia only sells, promotes and recommends safe and healthy products and practices.
Noooooo the pirouetteMASTER™ is NOT a Turn Board®!!!!!
Nor is it one of the cheap copies of the Turn Board that are popping up around the place..... Like the iTurn, which is an EXACT copy of the Turn Board® 😬
The pirouetteMASTER™ turn training system is a completely different design and product! 😍
Another difference to consider when you want the best for yourself! 💕😊💕
Despite Turn Boards claims in 2016 that you can relevé on this product, their CEO has always maintained (in writing to our Directors) that you CAN'T, it's "only for turning on a flat foot".
This is due to Turn Boards flat and narrow flexible base, turns on relevé can be dangerous as the narrow design means the board slips from under your foot and you fall. Also, with the flat footed design, if you begin to lose control there is no safety brake to stop you falling.
This is why the use of a Turn Board needs to be CONSTANTLY supervised by a professional dance teacher, in a dance studio when being used.
PirouetteMASTER™ has a convex shaped wide and rigid base with purpose designed relevé platform. This design makes turns more challenging, but means you are turning with correct technique and position, i.e. On the ball of your foot not your heel.
The pirouetteMASTER™ also has a built in safety brake and because it is designed specifically for turning on relevé it is more stable and you can consciously control your movement on the board, with minimal to no supervision from a professional dance teacher (but always have an adult watching you; just in case! ) 😎
PLEASE, for the love of dance, don't use cheap gimmicks - Train properly, train with technique; train with PirouetteMASTER 🇦🇺
See and read more: http://www.divadanceaustralia.com/pirouettemastertrade.html
Diva Dance Australia is very excited to announce that we are launching our new range of Kids Activewear; made by Juicee Peach and exclusively from Diva Dance Australia!
Over the last year, we have been working together closely with Juicee Peach to bring to Australia and the world a range of kids, tween and teen activewear that is:
Our platform for the launch will be on the 20th of April in Sydney Australia - Opening Kidz Fashion Week 2017.
This event is witness to internationally renown fashion designers, media personalities, major fashion house buyers and of course the world wide media of magazines, Web Bloggers,Television, Radio and many more. Who wouldn't want to be in front of such an internationally star studded audience!
Our first 10 designs will be revealed in Sydney, with an additional 10 designs released on the Gold Coast on 6 July.
This activewear range will grow and change, with limited edition designs, patterns and sizes to ensure that the kids wearing them will always have something new and exciting to wear.
But the biggest thing - Our pricing will be SUPER affordable, with many design sets LESS than $50!!
We will also have great pricing for wholesalers wishing to stock our range in store.
Again, we are really excited to be able to offer our kids another choice of high quality, double lined, fun, functional and AFFORDABLE activewear - Only from Diva Dance Australia!
YOU could have the chance to be on the Catwalk, at either Sydney or the Gold Coast alongside our Diva Ambassador - Isabella Stankovich!! If you are a child, tween or teen, there may be an opening for YOU on the KFW2017 catwalk.
Simply go to www.kidzfashionweek.com.au then find the link for casting and go through the application process. If cast, you will be a part of this major fashion event and be seen by all those people, celebrities and media agencies we mentioned above!!
Keep following us on our social media channels for more information and sneak peeks at the clothing that we hope you will fall in love with!
Keep following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see our announcement tonight - Where YOU could have the chance to grace the catwalk at our clothing launch !
Cheer Jumps are a compulsory skill for both competitive and noncompetitive squads. To look great and score well, cheerleaders must perform jumps with profound technique from the moment they explode off of the ground all the way through to a stable and controlled landing. Taking the time to dominant each type of cheer jump will help cheerleaders stand out and find success, whether they are trying out for a squad, pumping up the crowd from the sidelines or performing during a competition. The most popular cheer jumps include the toe touch, herkie, hurdler, pike, and tuck. Each of these cheerleading jumps not only look different but they each require a specific procedure and incorporate different muscle groups to varying degrees when performed. Learning and mastering the specific muscle movements for each jump will help cheerleaders perform to the best of their ability. With some practice and perseverance, cheerleaders can increase their strength and flexibility with the Diva Dance Kinetic Bands, taking their jumping ability from zero to one hundred, real quick.
How To Jump Higher
In order to master the execution of innovative jumps, cheerleaders must work to physically condition their body for such a talent. Besides learning and mastering the proper technique for each type of cheer jump, cheerleaders can take their skills, scores and confidence to a new level by training the body to create higher jumps. Increasing cheerleaders’ functional ability to powerfully explode off of the ground for higher jumps and longer air time should be a goal for all cheerleaders who strive to be the best they possibly can be at their sport. Strong legs, hip flexors and glutes are what allow cheerleaders to blast off the ground and soar to new heights with elegance and poise.
Cheerleaders can train with the Diva Dance Kinetic Bands to aid in the development of leg and core strength while instantaneously perfecting jump technique. Because the Diva Dance Kinetic Bands fit just above the knees, cheerleaders can perform jumps and kicks with full range of motion while resistance is enforced on every movement. The resistance aids to fire and evenly build up the specific muscles used for each cheer jump while also forming muscle memory. Don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself. You’ll be amazed by the results.
Flexibility for Cheer Jumps
Flexibility is another important piece of the “cheer jumps” puzzle. It’s vitally important that muscles are properly stretched and supple before practicing or performing jumps. As we discussed, different jumps utilize different muscles, so it is crucial to dedicate time for stretching during warm up and after any activity to relax the specific muscle groups. Increasing flexibility will help reduce the stress imposed on cheerleaders’ muscles and tendons, prevent injuries and improve overall performance. Resistance training with Diva Dance Kinetic Bands is an effective way to warm up the muscles and increase flexibility faster. In a controlled and safe manner, cheerleaders will improve their range of motion by lengthening the muscle and connective tissue around each joint with the support and guidance of the resistance bands.
Diva Dance Australia is very proud to announce that we will very shortly be the exclusive Australian and International Distributor for Juice Peach's new line of Dance and Active wear!
With all new and functional designs especially made for the high impact life of dance and active living, Juicee Peach Activewear will make its mark globally; not only with striking designs, but the affordability will make heads turn every where!
This line will be officially launched at Kidz Fashion Week in Sydney Australia this April!
Keep following us for more updates soon.
Date:Sunday 5th March 2017
Venue:Albert Waterways Community Centre - Opposite Pacific Fair
Time:9:00am - 1:00pm
Cost:$2 (Kids Free)
"The main difference is going to be the most obvious and most important one - that the Flexistretcher is designed with both elastic and inelastic components. I find that this combination design in conjunction with the adjustability and the neoprene comfort sheath make this a far more sophisticated tool than your traditional resistance bands. ~ Leigh Schanfein, Research Associate at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
1. METHODOLOGY // Designed by a professional dancer recovering from injury the Flexistretcher and it's training methods are researched and tailored to compliment the ever evolving demands of ballet technique while benefiting anyone looking to increase their flexibility and strength.
"through the training I discovered this thoughtful comprehensive training program and I was really surprised and impressed" ~ Leigh Schanfein, Research Associate at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
"With my extensive background in classical ballet technique and fitness, I created the Flexistretcher training method to focus on alignment, flexibility and strength. With 100's of exercises this method sets the Flexistretcher apart." ~ Rachel Hamrick, Founder and Creator of the Flexistretcher
2. DURABILITY // Unlike a flimsy Thera-band, the Flexistretcher won’t snap or break.
3. DESIGN // Built to withstand the daily use of professional dancers, the Flexistretcher’s sturdy construction and custom designed parts are guaranteed to last.
"The Flexistretcher is designed to withstand body weight and extreme force in order to perform 100's of strength and flexibilty exercises. I would not suggest performing any of these exericses with the theraband as the band will snap and break risking possibility of injury." ~ Rachel Hamrick, Founder and creator of the Flexistretcher
4. ADJUSTABILITY // Adjustable straps conform to any flexibility level and are used for hand or foot placement in an array of exercises.
5. COMFORT // The Flexistretcher's neoprene center is designed for added comfort and user easability.
6. SAFETY // The Thera-band cannot withstand the stretches and exercises performed with the Flexistretcher.
7. EFFECTIVITY // Working with the Flexistretcher allows one to simulate dance-specific movement patterns concentrating on improvements in execution and mobility.
"Because the band has elasticity, it makes you have to work in the stretch in all directions. It helps stabilize but won’t hold it for you." ~ Leigh Schanfein, Research Associate at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
A great quality of the FLX Ball is its ability to be used in conjunction with your Yoga Practice
A Yoga Vinyasa Flow, like this one here from Yoga Journal, is enhanced when the FLX Ball is placed between the ankles. This use of the Ball, prevents incorrect form especially in those individuals who are hypermobile and tend to collapse into the hypermobility of their arms and legs.
According to Ray Long, author of Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses,
“The repetitive nature of Vinyasa takes the joints through an increasingly greater range of motion. Working the muscles this way increases their metabolic rate, causing a slight rise in body temperature, which improves pliability in the ligaments and tendons.” This makes for a great way to warm your body up before a workout, ballet class or rehearsal.