Finally had our performance-now I can concentrate on uploading more tips! Here’s me getting warmed up backstage :)
edit: and here’s a quick tip - my arm shouldn’t be that straight!
This tip made such a difference for me: when raising the arm to high fifth, think of lifting from beneath your hand instead of from the shoulder (my crime). The arm goes up so much easier and it looks way better!
I’ve been so busy and I have a lot of tips to post but I need to draw some pictures. In the meantime, here’s a fly that met an untimely end underneath all the bags in the corner of the ballet studio.
Think of rotating the top part of your arm inward while rotating the bottom part outward. This opposition/resistance creates a nice curve.
If you stop horsing around and use your clam-shell muscles to keep your tunrnout activated you won’t have to use your neck so much. Imagine that.
"Don’t correct - feel”
Correcting got me into trouble. At some point in my youth I felt a need to “correct” from rolling in onto my arches. Instead of feeling where my foot should naturally be I corrected to the point where I was over-using the outside muscles of my calves and putting too much weight on the outside rim of my feet. This eventually lead me to an injury that kept me from taking a full ballet class for almost 6 months!
When you are given a correction, be sure that you take the time to feel where your correct placement should be concerning that “correction”.
I can’t say it any simpler than that!
OK well maybe a little SL - but this is finally going to be a ballet tips blog since I’m back in class full time again and I’ve been amassing some really good pointers! Coming soon…
Tried to ride this tiger