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Perfect Your Penché: Part 3

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A good penché is something that every dancer strives for. So far we’ve worked on both flexibility and strength for the penché… how is it coming along? If you missed last week’s strength exercise, check it out here. The flexibility of the legs and the strength of the back and supporting leg are often the most targeted areas when developing your penché. But what about your back flexibility? This could be the missing link for you. Having a flexible back most often means that you need to open the front side of the body. Think about it- in order to...

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Perfect Your Penché: Part 2

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A penché in dance is a challenging move. If you are still struggling with it, don’t fret. We are going to continue to break it down. How did last week’s adductor stretch go? Check out that article here for a recap.  If it has been a week since you started the new adductor exercise and you’re still not seeing any improvement, let’s take a look at why that is. Not Targeting the Adductors Enough If you are finding that you are not feeling this stretch in your adductors, or inner thighs, enough, you may be performing the exercise incorrectly. Often...

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Perfect Your Penché

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Have you been dreaming of getting your leg to 6 o'clock in your penché? It is a versatile skill that is used across many disciplines, from traditional ballet to jazz and modern techniques as well. The penché is an amazing feat of flexibility and strength that is often difficult to perform. However, once accomplished, it is a graceful addition to any dancer’s repertoire. Most often dancers will focus on the flexibility aspect of the penché. This is of course an important component if you seek to achieve a 180 degree split in your penché. The penché basically takes a regular split...

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Technique Tidbits: Arabesque

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Arabesque: an artistic portrayal of flowing lines. This original definition, while not the common description in any dance textbook, absolutely encompasses what a dancer strives for. An effortless flow of the arabesque line is a wonderfully achievable goal. Having trouble finding the correct position? Take a look at these technique tips and watch that leg reach new heights…literally!   If you have auditioned for any type of summer or college dance program, odds are you have had to submit a photo of your first arabesque. For many, finding the perfect shot is a dreaded process. What are these programs looking for?...

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Injury Edition: Good Pain VS Bad Pain - Muscles

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More often than not, dancers focus on flexibility and strength in order to avoid injury. A dancer constantly pushes the body to the extreme and if this intense regime is not carefully monitored, injury is more likely to occur. “No pain, no gain” is not always the best mantra, but many dancers, known for their commitment to the art, keep pushing through.   How can you tell if you are simply feeling sore or if you are feeling the pangs of an injury? It takes experience and a keen sense of body awareness to sift out injury from daily soreness...

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