A Dancers Guide to Tour

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01 Apr

Dancers at Kings Cross St Pancras waiting for the train to Dundee

I know I have only been on tour for a week but there are things I have discovered are essential to know before travelling around the country and exerting yourself on a daily basis.

From Dundee to Dartford, Cardiff to Manchester, Chichester to Weymouth, we've done a lot! Touring with the Transitions dance company has been a lot of fun. Whilst going from hotel to hotel might sound pretty glamorous, there are many ways in which it can bring you down.

The next stage of tour is going overseas to Malta and Cyprus, so I'm glad that I have compiled a list of all the important things I need to remember in order to be on top form whilst touring. (Dancers, please take note)

  • Bring slippers because you never know what the floor will be like in the hotel that you are staying in. Plus, you can wear them down to breakfast early in the morning.
  • Stay away from inflammatory foods, such as snacks with a high salt count. Try to consume porridge or some form of oats on a daily basis to maintain your bodily zen.
  • Preparing food for travelling does not sound particularly glam, but it really will save you so much money when you get peckish! I cannot tell you how much money I have spent on coffees and sandwiches!
  • Bring your yoga mat, because long hours sitting can lead to muscle stiffness in the legs. If your hotel or changing room has the space you can stretch out for as long as you need.
  • Prepare everything you need the evening before because when you have a 5am train to catch you will not be in the right head space to get ready at 4am in the morning!