For many people dancing is a big part of their life. However, after just a little fumble in a lift on ‘Strictly’, some are starting to change their mind.
We suddenly hear that dancing is becoming a dangerous ‘sport’ with all the lifts, trips and tumbles. It has the potential to become a real problem; fewer people may opt to watch dancing live because they can’t deal with seeing dancers getting injured.
Dancing On Ice champion Ray Quinn has given a stern warning about the “dangerous sport” to the new contestants. He told the Mirror newspaper that taking to the ice is ‘a lot of fun but it is very dangerous and the celebs have no idea what they’re letting themselves in for.’
He should know as he was badly injured after his partner’s blade caught his head. A spokesman for Dancing on Ice said recently: “They (the dancers) have agreed to do this and they know that a lift or step might go wrong. They put themselves forward to do this.”
Here are some of the basic safety rules:
- Wear properly fitting clothing and shoes
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Resist the temptation to dance through pain
- Pay close attention to correct technique
- Be mindful of the limits of your body and do not push too fast too soon
- Perform proper warm-up and cool-down
Hopefully, TV dancers will observe the above but, as Ray said, ‘it’s a challenge, there are moments you fall and hurt yourself. It’s a dangerous sport’.
Eyrn, Year 6