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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wild Wednesday Waist

Wild Wednesday Waist

Surrounding the body between the lower ribs and just below the belly button, is an area I call “the golden circle”.  It is this area that must be toned and held (muscles engaged) so the postural alignment will be maintained correctly.  It is all too easy to let the abdominal muscles relax, and that causes the back to arch, etc., producing a horrible cascading series of events.

To prevent this, imagine wearing a very wide belt that holds all the abdominal and back muscles in alignment.  This imaginary accessory is tight enough to be a constant, gentle reminder, but it is not uncomfortably tight (breathe!). 

This belt can be imagined in any way the dancer desires:   stripes, bold colors, or even covered with flashing lights.  Whatever makes it work for the individual dancer.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #7gg:  
“Imagine a wide belt that circles the waist – the golden circle.”

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