How are such high injury rates for dancers possible? Because of the repetitive nature of dance and high impact forces of jumping etc., inflammation occurs in the joints and muscles. Inflammation, that if not properly treated, will lead to chronic and possibly career-ending injuries. While we know proper technique, training, & flooring matters, the root of this problem is a result of dancing grueling hours in bare feet or non-supportive footwear and lack of recovery time.
Apolla Shocks® are not merely dance socks with traction...they are footwear that combats injury-inducing inflammation by providing targeted support with high-quality and unparalleled compression. PLUS they have incredible traction that gives you a grip that allows for control and freedom. This allows a dancer to move freely while still feeling the floor, building strength, and accentuating the feet better than ever. They are perfect for class, stage, conventions, and recovery for every genre!
Apolla Shocks® are made for dancers because we ARE dancers. However, anyone looking for the best compression sock on the market to reduce inflammation, aches, and pain in any activity, cross-training, yoga, sport, or everyday wear will find their perfect fit in one of our 6 unique styles, the Alpha, the Joule, the AMP, the Performance, the K-Warmer, and the Infinite.
“the compression is amazing… these socks just give me so much support and I love ‘em to death!”
Lex Ishimoto - @lex_ishimoto
Dancer, Choreographer, SYTYCD Winner Season 14, Shaping Sound
”I am grateful that a tool has been made with such thought and protection for our craft.”
Talia Favia - @talia_favia
Choreographer/Director and Founder of The Difference Between Dance Co.
"I absolutely love my Shocks. They give me so much support in my arches and the compression provides incredible relief.”
Jaimie Goodwin - @jaimiegoodwin
“Not only were the Shocks instant relief to my throbbing achilles, but to my entire body...I’m seeing an entire difference in my heart, body and SOUL. I can dance, jump and twirl like my old self again and I can’t thank Apolla enough for [literally] getting me back on my feet…These socks are truly a revolution and I’m so happy to be a part of It. Thank you, Apolla, for helping me to dance longer and stronger. You have saved me.”
Cat Cogliandro - @cat_cogliandro
Dancer/Teacher/Creator of CATASTROPHE! Dance Company
In my last post, we explored 4 things that get in the way of a dancer’s healthy mindset. These included perfectionism, stress, fear, and negative self-talk. Today, let’s dive deeper into negative self-talk, often referred to as the inner critic, and tools to quiet it.
In an article exploring negative self-talk, PsychAlive says, “The critical inner voice is an internal enemy that can affect every aspect of our lives, including our self-esteem and confidence, our personal and intimate relationships, and our performance and accomplishments at school and work.
There is such beauty in the tangible results of hard work. A clear indicator in a very unclear industry that what you are doing is doing something and a means of holding whatever that tangible result is/was as precious and inherently valuable is something that feels a little lost to me.
Our current state of instant gratification in many facets of our lives is such an interesting juxtaposition to what happens most often in dance. In our craft, in order to be ‘good’, one must train… years and years of training to simply be ‘good’, not even ‘great’.