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 Post subject: waistline
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2001 10:16 pm 
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Does anyone know of good exercise to slim + strengthen the waistline? Does a strong waistline really help you with your pirouettes?


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 Post subject: Re: waistline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2001 5:45 am 
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A stable strong center is imperative to a good pirouette - or most anything in the ballet, in my opinion.<P>Take one hand and place it on your lowest rib - now take the other hand and place it on your hip bone. See the space between your hands? There are no bones within that space - except your spine. Now all that space is filled with gooey stuff. All that gooey stuff is necessary - but not supportive like bones.<P>So, that leaves you with muscles - the muscles of your abdominal area. If you don't use those muscles for support and stability, guess what? you flop around!!<P>So, yes, it is very important to have a strong abdominal area. You can attain that by fulfilling the requirements and working correctly on the ballet vocabulary of both barre and center work.


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