Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday Dance Class 13 Feb 2011 Homework

Yesterday I was privileged to start a new term of dance classes with a very talented group of women - some new dancers, some returning students and some old troupe mates. I had a blast teaching them - a class full of people who rhythm and have an intuitive understanding of the music is a rare and beautiful thing.

Homework for this week:

• Listen to music.

• Watch taqsim and baladi clips on blog.

• Posture: Practice your posture all through your daily activities. Take moments out to see how tall you can become. Think about lifting your ribcage with a each inhale and pulling in your core with each exhale, keeping your shoulders relaxed. Think about what direction your pelvic triangle points, and use your deep, low abdominal muscles to adjust your pelvic alignment when you walk, stand or dance to shoot for a neutral alignment. Be aware of how this may differ from how you normally align.

• Shoulder rolls

• Hip slides

• Hip circles - Remember to keep the abs engaged throughout the movement. Using the glutes to push through to the front and the abs to pull back.

• Shoulder shimmy

• Hip hits

• Stomach pop

• Shimmy drills
For example:

Advanced students only:

• Belly rolls.

• Layered shimmies.

• 3/4 shimmies on the up.

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