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Friday, October 11, 2019

Fun Friday Hands on Hips

Fun Friday Hands on Hips

Problems with pirouettes often happen with the arms and torso, presuming the preparation (with the legs and feet) is correct. But there’s an easy way to diagnose and treat the problem. Put your hands on your hips and keep them there for the prep and the turn.

Doing this will help keep the body untwisted, help you feel the strength in the back and abdominals, and force the plié preparation to work as it should. If you can’t do a single turn with your hands on your hips, the problem is likely in the use of the plié.

But when the turn improves simply by having the hands on the hips, you’ll know the problem is in the upper body – too much force in the arms throwing the balance off, or a weak abdominal and/or back area.

Pirouette diagnostics!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #14nnn:
“Hands on hips can help with pirouette problems.”

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