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 Post subject: "Loose" around the middle
PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2004 5:37 am 
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I've always been sort of "loose" around the torso/center area, perhaps due to my overly flexible back or just lack of strength in general. However, my ballet teacher told me the other day that I've become even "looser" ever since I started learning ballroom (international Latin)! How can I get rid of this problem? What should I pay attention to in class? Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: "Loose" around the middle
PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2004 12:26 pm 
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Fouette - have you thought of trying something like Pilates or Yoga. They are supposed to be very good at conditioning the centre.

Alternatively any abdominal and back strengthening exercises should help to control your looseness. Perhaps your teacher could suggest some and show you how to do them properly.

Don't worry most of us are either more flexible or more loose it is very rare that we have both to the same degree.


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 Post subject: Re: "Loose" around the middle
PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2004 11:20 am 
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Pilates and Yoga and great. If you have access to it, I might also recommend the Martha Graham technique, as being absolutely terrific for gaining control of the torso (among other things!).

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 Post subject: Re: "Loose" around the middle
PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2004 11:56 am 
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Graham technique was great for me. I'm 6' and have a long torso, and Graham classes pulled it all together very well.


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 Post subject: Re: "Loose" around the middle
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2004 10:59 pm 
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Thanks for all your replies. I currently don't have access to Pilates, but I will when I move to NYC for college soon. What do you mean by Martha Graham technique classes - modern?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: "Loose" around the middle
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2004 11:35 pm 
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There are many different styles of modern dance, and Graham is one of them. If a modern dance class isn't advertised as Graham technique, it's possible that Graham might be one of the influences, so inquire.

<small>[ 09 May 2004, 02:00 AM: Message edited by: djb ]</small>


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