5 TIPS FOR DANCERS

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Is it possible to quickly improve your dance skills with a few simple and effective steps? Yes! Check out our tips on improving your technique.

 

Whether you are a beginner or experienced dancer, whether you prefer ballet, modern jazz, hip hop or any other style, check out our 5 tips on improving your dance skills and feeling good in your own body. 

 

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Keep your balance

Which dancer has never had difficulty keeping their balance during a retiré or doing a pirouette without a tumble? To maintain good balance, keep the following in mind: when moving to a demi-pointe position, automatically think about making yourself taller, as if someone were pulling you upward. Push against the ground with the leg that's touching the floor in order to maintain a solid support. Also, pay attention to your core: pull in your tummy (contract your obliques) by imagining that your belly button is touching your spine, and tighten your glutes.

 

Work on your gracefulness

In dance, expressing yourself gracefully and seeing your body move in fluid and elegant movements isn't necessarily that easy. Nevertheless, audiences often focus their attention on the top half of a dancer's body. To become more graceful, focus on relaxing your features and maintaining a natural expression. No one should be able to read the slightest sign of effort or difficulty on your face. Free your head and let it move—don't tense up. No spreading your thumbs or tightening your fingers together as if you were gripping onto something. A good dancer should have "light" hands. Your fingers should be controlled but relaxed (a feeling of drops of water falling off the tips of your fingers). Focus on how you hold your arm: held from the shoulder blades, your arm should be supported "from beneath". Keep your elbow from drooping by taking care to support your wrist. Good support and good resistance will help you to form curves that are smooth and elegant!

 

Improve your suppleness

Suppleness is not indispensable in dance, but it nevertheless remains a highly sought-after quality by many dancers. If it's not an inborn trait, it can be cultivated gradually with patience and prudence, while staying within your body's limits. To make your body more supple, we recommend a specific exercise: the splits. First, warm up for about 10 minutes by alternating several basic exercises. Sit on the floor, cross-legged ("butterfly" position), and roll your back several times.  Work out your lower legs by doing a few battements, then a series of jumps, and a few deep lunges. Next, move on to the following exercise:

 

  • Performing the exercise: lay on your back and place your legs in the air up against a wall. Once firmly in position, place your legs in a "frog" position to work on your en dehors position and opening your legs. Hold the position and then first open the right leg followed by the left leg. Gradually lower your legs to the second position, without forcing it.

 

  • Breathing: Breathe in deeply and breathe out slowly throughout the entire exercise in order to relax and oxygenate your muscles. Little by little, this will help your body become more supple.

 

  • Safety tips: make sure that you keep your buttocks firmly up against the wall throughout the entire exercise as well as your back flat against the floor. Pull in your tummy and stretch your legs as much as you can. Don't force yourself.

 

  • Reps: do this exercise once, for 15 minutes.

 

If you're already quite limber, put weights on your ankles, such as the Gym Weight Domyos. They will accentuate the stretching and allow you to gently add centimetres to your stretches!

 

Adopt a good breathing pattern

Before a performance, it's important to take time for yourself and to relax. Each dancer has their own set of tips for overcoming stage fright. A sure thing? Learn to relax yourself through conscious or deep belly breathing. True deep breathing imparts a great sense of calm and awakens your mental abilities. It also helps to oxygenate your muscles more. To feel good in body and mind, perform this relaxing exercise as you prepare for your performance and on the day of the event itself:

 

  • Sit with your back against a wall or lie down on your back
  • Breathe in through your nose, slowly and deeply
  • Place one hand on your stomach and exhale through your mouth while gently sucking in your stomach (you can gently push on your stomach with your hand)
  • Then inhale through your nose by expanding your stomach only (your stomach should rise)
  • Breathe out slowly through your mouth. Your exhale should be slower than your inhale
  • Repeat the entire sequence three times

 

 

 

Now you know 5 tips to improve your dance skills or simply when you want to feel good in your own body before going on stage.  On the day of your performance, forget everything else and focus on one thing and one thing only: the joy of dancing!

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