Monday, November 1, 2010

Improving Turn-out and Posture for Irish Dancing

As we all know in Irish dancing certain things are important like to always turn the feet out.
  this can be done by positioning the feet so your toes are pointing out from you at 10 and 2 o'clock.
Posture is also very important
  to achieve this you must pull your shoulders back and down, make your neck long by stretching your head upwards as if on a piece of string and keep your chin parallel to the floor
To keep your arms ‘stuck’ to your side
  squeeze the inner-upper parts of your arms so they stay directly by your side, you should also make fists with your hands
Keep your legs straight and toes pointed
  your knees must be locked so they can never bend
  Point, point and point your toes – as soon as it starts hurting as you point, point just a little bit harder

A good leg strengthening exercise is to cross your legs over each other so that if you were to look in a mirror you could only see one knee, make sure you stay as high up on your toes as you can

Another tip for good turnout is to walk around during the day either on your toes or with them pointed out at 10 and 2 o'clock.  This will help enormously when you are dancing in actual competition.  
Keep going, like anything the more you practice the better you will get, don’t give up – hard work will pay off in the end.

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