How to Stand

March 6, 2017

Keep your heels together; don’t have one foot more turned out than the other; keep them as rotated as possible but don’t strain it; lengthen the back of your legs, engage your hamstrings and not your quads; keep your legs straight but don’t lock them, you don’t want to hurt yourself; don’t stand too far away from the barre, but also don’t be too close; you need to estimate the perfect distance to create the right line when you take the barre; make sure you keep equal weight on both of your feet; spread your toes on the floor and don’t roll forward onto your front ones; don’t sickle your feet and don’t let your lower legs bend in; rotate from your hips not your knees; engage your deep six rotators but not your glutes; imagine your pelvis is a bowl, don’t spill the water in the bowl forwards or backwards; keep your torso straight and tilting slightly forwards, but don’t stick your butt out, that breaks the line; shoulders should be back and down, but don’t pinch your shoulder blades; don’t tense up, stay relaxed; make sure you keep space in your armpits and between your arms and your torso; keep a soft bend in your arms, it should look effortless; tilt your upper arms forwards and your forearms back and your hands forwards, that’s how to create the perfect line; now hold your thumbs out and pull your index fingers up a bit, now pull your middle finger in, ring finger out a little more, and pinky the furthest back; but don’t have any tension in your fingers, they should appear to be floating; make sure your elbows are in front of your body but not in front of your hands; lengthen your neck but don’t strain it; keep it aligned with the rest of your body, you can’t have any breaks in your line; keep your shoulders down; tilt your head up and to the right, but just slightly, you don’t want it to look forced; keep your gaze lifted, and don’t smile, but look like you’re having fun; take a deep breath and let go of any remaining tension in your body; now you are ready to begin dancing.

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