As dancers, it is generally perceived that we have a high fitness level.
However, dancing encompasses various aspects from technical, physical and aesthetic requirements. It has been found that dancers are not necessarily as fit and healthy as what they could be.
Although this is not a clear and set test, it is a starting point to measure your fitness level.
Gauging your muscle strength through push-ups.
Place your hands directly under your shoulders and extend your legs behind you, knees on the floor. Bend your elbows to lower your chest to within an inch of the floor, keeping your back flat, then press back to start. Do as many as you can with proper form in two minutes.
Position a measuring tape on the floor with a 30cm piece of tape across it at the 38cm mark. Sit barefoot on the floor with your back straight and feet about a foot apart, heels on the edges of the tape. Reach forward (without bouncing) as far down the tape as you can. Try two or three times and count your longest reach.
This test estimates your VO2 max, a measure of aerobic capacity, or how easy it would be for you to maintain a sustained effort. Walk as fast as you can (without jogging) for 1.5km. Record your time and heart rate. Right after the test, find your pulse and count the number of beats in 15 seconds. Multiply that by four.
Use this formula to get your score:
132.853—(0.1692 x weight in kilograms)—(0.3877 x age in years)—(3.2649 x time in minutes)—(0.1565 x heart rate in beats per minute)
Beginner: <39.4 to <35.8
Intermediate: 35.9 to 43.8
Advanced: 39.6+ to 43.9+
Regardless of performance level, talent, the form of dance, gender, or age, all dancers have to use some or all of the elements of fitness during their daily practice.
Associated with moderate, longer-term levels of activity.
Associated with high intensity, maximal, short bursts of activity.
The ability of a muscle to produce continuous movement.
The ability of a muscle to produce a maximal force on one occasion.
The explosive (speed-related) aspect of strength.
The range of motion at a joint in association with the pliability of a muscle.
Associated with balance, agility, coordination, and skill.
The make-up of body weight by the percentage of muscle and fat.
A period of no activity, to allow for recovery and regeneration.