Breaking the Taboo: Navigating Dance Class with Grace on Your Period
Menstruation is a natural part of life for many young dancers, but it's still a subject often shrouded in silence. As a studio, we understand the importance of supporting our young dancers through every aspect of their journey, including navigating their dance classes while on their period. Here are some practical tips and measures we have in place to ensure that every dancer feels comfortable and supported during this time:
1. **Preparing for Class:**
- Comfortable Attire: Opt for dance clothing that provides ample coverage and support. Consider wearing dark-colored bottoms to ease concerns about potential leaks.
- Hygiene Essentials: Always carry a small pouch containing spare menstrual products, wipes, and a change of underwear. Our studio provides discrete protection at the reception upon request, ensuring that no dancer feels unprepared.
2. **Managing Discomfort:**
- Pain Relief: If experiencing cramps, consider taking a pain reliever before class. Heat packs can also help alleviate discomfort during breaks.
- Hydration: Stay adequately hydrated, as dehydration can exacerbate menstrual cramps and discomfort. Keep a water bottle close by during rehearsals.
3. **Creating a Supportive Environment:**
- Mutual Support: Encourage a supportive atmosphere among fellow dancers. Normalize open conversations about periods and share experiences to foster a sense of camaraderie and understanding.
- Speaking to Instructors: DanSci emphasizes an open-door policy. If any dancer feels uncomfortable or needs support during their period, they can speak confidentially to their instructor. Our staff is trained to handle such conversations with empathy and discretion.
4. **Parental Support:**
- Encouraging Open Dialogue: Parents, we encourage you to initiate discussions about menstruation with your young dancers. Assure them that it's a natural part of life and that they can always approach their instructors or studio staff for support.
- Ensuring Preparedness: Make sure your dancer's dance bag is stocked with necessary menstrual products and a change of clothing. Additionally, inform them that they can request support from the studio if ever in need of discreet assistance.
At DanSci, we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where every dancer feels supported and empowered. Our measures, such as providing discrete protection and fostering open communication, aim to break the taboo surrounding menstruation and ensure that no dancer feels hindered or uncomfortable during their dance journey. Let's continue to embrace openness, understanding, and support within our dance community, creating a space where every dancer can thrive, regardless of the natural rhythms of their bodies.
Check back next week for the final installment in our serious of posts focusing on empowering our young dancers