While raising arms from first to fifth position overhead, imagine that the arms are hanging from the neck. Upon reaching fifth position, continue to allow the arms to hang off of the neck and allow your head and neck muscles to release. Now, imagine that the skin across your breastbone is widening, allowing openness and vulnerability. Continue to breathe and imagine that you have eyes on the back of your head that can see behind you (simply to play with what is possible in your body and your imagination). Congratulations on your good work!
morningnavyblueskies asked: Hello! I have been noticing that I had lordosis and a strange non-cooperation with my hip sockets, as I find attempting straddle splits painful... even if i lie down to do the frog to force my turn out to actually turn out, I either hear Rice Krispies popping from my hips or I'm stuck on the ground with my butt and pelvis in mid-air :( lol... I was wondering if there was a way I could actually do consistent straddles and arabesque without having to plant my face into the floor with lordosis :3
That sounds painful and not fun! My best advice would be to see a physical therapist who is experienced working with dancers. If you are in the San Francisco area Kendall Alway at Core Pilates in the Mission is the best! If not, I would see if someone at your dance studio can help you find one. Regular Pilates classes and Feldenkrais are also low-impact things you can do to help you gain more awareness and control of your body so you can avoid injury. Hope that helps.
pu-relight asked: post/4152839293/new-ballet-studio is this at odc dance commons? i dance there! :)
Yes it is!
deleanorstyleandoutfits asked: I'm 15 on December and I started dancing ballet a month ago, but I'm sad because I think I'm too old. What do you think? :)
Being sad is not an option for starting ballet! Be happy! Ballet is so much fun, it’s challenging, yes, but you will be learning so much! 15 is not too old to start.
I’ve found a new part of my body to obsess about: the lats. I had a teacher who used to say “hold your back” when we were trying to balance in passé and I think she must have been talking about activating the lat muscles. I didn’t really understand it then but I’m starting to now and it makes a lot of difference - especially for balance, any arm movement, and most happily - for turns and quick direction changes.
Try using the lat muscles to pull your shoulder “wings” down while remembering to knit together the front of your ribs so you don’t pop your chest. It really helps to maintain the “compactness” that you need in ballet especially for pirouettes! Planks and tricep pushups (with your elbows bending parallel to ribs) are good for strengthening these often neglected muscles.
Penchée : So you’re in the center and your adagio includes an arabesque penchée.
Horrors! But do not fear…
Try imagining the working leg reaching up toward the sky instead of worrying about the ground becoming closer. Yay for penchée!
Arabesque - instead of straining your back, hip and thigh to try to get your leg higher, think of lifting from the foot.
Also, pull that shoulder back for a perfect line and beautiful epaulement.
Cambré back and up again:
Think of letting the armpit be the first thing to go back - let it go back before your head (no twisting!). Don’t lean - think of stretching or elongating the top of the ribs (like bending a slinky) while the hips stay pressing down into the floor.
On the way back up, initiate from the stomach muscles - it’s way easier on your back and gives a nicer look to the movement.
dancersperfection asked: Hey, Your ballet tips really helped me, especially the one going into 5th with arms
have you got any more ballet tips you can shair
Thanks, Jessica :) xx
Hey thanks for the note! I DO have a lot of tips to share and promise I will get them all up here asap - you’ve inspired me! :)