As the temperature drops, there are a few things we need to become more aware of as human beings, but especially as dancers.
First thing's first: Layers! Layers can make or break the busy dancer this time of year. Running from class, to work, to rehearsal, on errands, and back again can be exhausting for your calender and your wardrobe. Layer up when you leave the house so you are prepared for whatever comes your way. My favs: cute T over your leo or tank, warm up jacket, leg warmers, and boots.
Secondly, warm it up: your car and your body. You do not want to jump start and shock either one when they have been sitting in the cold for too long! Plan on arriving a few minutes earlier than usual to your rehearsal to ensure proper warm up. Don't forget about those smaller areas like feet, ankles, and neck. Be careful of those hot chocolates and lattes too! Even though you may feel your internal temperature go up with those warm delights, your muscles are still cold. My favs: slow jog around the studio, cramp rolls, and runner's lunges.
Then, cool it down. Stretch out and wait until the sweat drys before you go out into the cold. Build in a few extra minutes into your schedule so you do not have to run out right after a dance class. Don't let your water bottle fool you either. Sipping on cool water will bring down your internal temperature, but your muscles need to cool down as well. Use those layers to your advantage and bundle up. My favs: split sits, ankle rolls, and child's pose.