Dancers turn to elite sports for tips on fit­ness

Wanneroo Times - - News -

Co3 artis­tic di­rec­tor Raewyn Hill started a con­ver­sa­tion about “art vs sport” with the WA In­sti­tute of Sport (WAIS) last week.

Dancers from the King Street-based com­pany, in­clud­ing Mitchell Harvey and Zoe Woz­niak, spent the week with WAIS ath­letes, divers, syn­chro­nised swim­mers and gym­nasts. Ms Hill said she was pas­sion­ate about the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween art and sport and how they could be in­te­grated in to her dance pro­gram.

“What’s been amaz­ing for the dancers is they’re be­gin­ning to un­der­stand and the con­cept makes more sense to them,” she said.

“Courage, de­ter­mi­na­tion, tenac­ity and dis­ci­pline are all com­mon to dancers and ath­letes. In some ways we can feel quite iso­lated so it’s been amaz­ing for the dancers to be around the ath­letes and re­alise they’re sim­i­lar sorts of peo­ple.”

Yoga is one form of train­ing the two dis­ci­plines have in com­mon. Javelin throw­ers Luke Cann, of Floreat, and Cruz Ho­gan, of Kallaroo, have at least one yoga class a week.

Ho­gan said danc­ing and throw­ing a javelin in­volved tim­ing, get­ting into po­si­tion and fi­nesse.

“We count in the back of our mind just not the same way dancers do,” he said.

Picture: Andrew Ritchie

Javelin thrower Cruz Ho­gan with dancer Zoe Woz­niak. d465019

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