Summer is in full swing here at LAAC and as we finish up our second weeks of dance camps we would like to share some info from our nutrition and health sessions with our dance campers! 

A Healthy Dancer is a Happy Dancer!

Good nutrition can make a tremendous difference in performance, muscle strength, balance, fatigue, and injury rates. Understanding the demands of a dancer is the first step in improving performance, achieving a strong healthy weight, and reducing injuries.

Eat less meat, and more vegetables:

More and more studies are showing that red meat and bacon aren't so great for you (yes, it sucks, get over it), while vegetables are good for your heart, promote weight loss, help you poop, and so on. An easy way to start eating more plants is to follow a meatless Monday schedule, says registered dietitian Emily Harrison -- that means just one day a week without meat. Which you can certainly do. Cuisines that pack in the flavor, like Mexican and Indian, can help satisfy your palate, sans animals.

Limit packaged foods, and read labels carefully when you can't:

Packaged and processed foods are convenient, but that convenience comes at a cost, usually in the form of a bunch of added sugar, salt, and fat. "Knowing where your food comes from and what's in it is way more important than knowing how many calories or fat it has," says Harrison. When you can, try to cook from scratch, or at least choose snacks that don't have a laundry list of ingredients.

Take it easy on the caffeine:

You don't have to give up your coffee fix. In fact, having a cup can actually enhance your mental and physical performance. But if you're guzzling down more than that -- or worse, having a sugar-loaded energy drink -- you're overdosing. "A lot of caffeinated beverages have 10 times the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee," according to Harrison. "Jacking up the central nervous system isn't the same thing as having energy. Real energy comes from food." Instead of crushing another can of nuclear-colored sugar water, try switching to black coffee or green tea.

Put down your cellphone:

You don't need an expert to tell you that America (along with most other countries) is addicted to cellphones, but that attachment affects nearly every part of your life. Mostly, it screws up your sleep, thanks to the blue light it emits. Power down anything with a screen one hour before bed. You can set a nightly alarm on your phone -- the irony! -- to keep yourself in check.

Next up: Healthy snack choices to get dancers through long camp days!

AuthorLisa Hamor

For 2017 -- some quotes to ponder!

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - Aristotle

"For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning..."  - T.S. Eliot

There is a need to find and sing our own song, to stretch our limbs and shake them in a dance so wild that nothing can roost there, that stirs the yearning for solitary voyage.  — Barbara Lazear Ascher

Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.  — Maya Angelou

Dance first, think later.  — Samuel Beckett

It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance. It is the one who won’t be taken who cannot seem to give. And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.  — Bette Midler



AuthorLisa Hamor

As the days get shorter, we dance. As the world turns upside-down, we create. The studio is our safe place- a place to leave everything on the dance floor and to act and scream and yell if we need to. Our classes are the place to bring our focus inward, to be the best we can be, and to be supportive - both to ourselves and to others. Come to our safe place and make the world beautiful with us:)

Our beautiful advanced ballet girls invite you to create some joy!

Our beautiful advanced ballet girls invite you to create some joy!

AuthorLisa Hamor

Leaves are turning, the days are getting shorter and there is an Autumn crispness in the air. That means our Fall session is in full swing at LAAC and we are back in the studio ready to Dance*Act*Create*Perform our way through another great year. Classes have started and are available for enrollment. Along with our established courses we are also offering a new class that we are calling Jazz/Gym. This class combines jazz technique and fundamentals with tumbling and rhythmic gymnastic skills to create an interdisciplinary training experience. This class is offered to students ages 6-10 years old and is currently available for enrollment-call the studio for more information(Day and TimeTBA)!

More exciting Fall News- LAAC will be performing at Westchester Arts and Music Block Party (WAM) on Saturday September 24th at 12:00 pm! We hope to see you there!!! For more information on this event please visit

All of us here at LAAC are excited to welcome everyone back for the 2016-2017 year, let’s make it a great one!

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AuthorLisa Hamor

The Emerson Avenue Community Garden Club is hosting the first annual Westchester Arts & Music (aka WAM) Block Party, a free, day-long celebration filled with live music and dance, art, food and more!  Another great celebration of our community in honor of Westchester's 75th anniversary! They are closing down the street and opening up the garden for arts and crafts activities for all ages and a diverse mix of performances, vendors and food trucks, including Kogi BBQ.  

LAAC will be hitting the stage at noon-join us! 

AuthorLisa Hamor