We continue in action with these new direct, simple, and applicable tips.
As I told you in the previous Note where Silvana, dancer, Milonguera, tango choreographer, animal lover, and pillar instructor ( NOTE 1 click )
Today we are going for part 2 where she shares tools for you to continue enhancing your balance. Read to then take action. 💪
Maintaining balance and finding the body axis is key to our dance within the couple, with connection but without losing freedom and autonomy.
I will mention 5 items that I consider should be taken into account when working the axis and sustaining a good balance.
1- Train your feet: many times we lose sight of the fact that our feet are the foundation on which we are going to build our axis, and we underestimate their care and importance. How many times, do we blame our shoes, for example by attributing them to be very worn out, to our lack of balance?
Well, working the muscles of the feet and ankles is healthy and necessary. We have to learn to use our feet, relaxed but active, to feel everything that happens inside the shoe, to be able to stretch our toes long and available, but without tension.
We need to be able to differentiate between the heel, the arch, the metatarsus, and the toes, and enjoy all the wonderful possibilities that the use of each of these places gives us.
Feeling our feet present and strong, we will undoubtedly have a great part of the axis and balance, solved..
2-Relax your knees: the joints must be kept soft and available for the micro-movements that originate. Even in the face of stillness, inside us, we activate different energies to keep our axis strong. Relaxed knees allow to establish a harmonious connection between the feet and the hips.
It allows the energy impacts in the movements to be soft and that our body weight is deposited to the ground, being this last one distinctive characteristic of the Tango with respect to other dances.
3- Work the adductors and the energetic center: the activation of the adductors and the pelvic floor are also important. We must ensure that all our energy is directed to the same end, which should be to build a strong center (axis), so that we can then relax the limbs of our body and deliver them to the dance.
There are numerous muscle training exercises that can be done to exercise these muscles and become aware of their activation when dancing.
4- Use the hip as a «rudder»: our hip is a fundamental protagonist in the diagramming of the dance. But be careful! We have to take care that it works as a stabilizer of the movements. If we move it without awareness, we will probably be moving our axis continuously, creating serious problems. Also as a consequence, we will confuse our partners, since the inadequate movement of the hip generates a lack of stability and reference, taking away the cleanliness and neatness of our movements.
5-Care for your shoulders: the shoulders are a reference, which will indicate the posture of your body. If the upper back has a backward intention, on the dorsal, possibly our weight is mostly on the heels and loads all the pressure of body weight, and dissociation, to the lumbar area.
Remember that the intention of the chest and the whole torso must be directed to the front, towards the center of the couple, and within the embrace.
If we take care of these points, all of them, as a whole, will help us to organize our bodies in a healthier and more functional way to dance more freely and pleasantly. Let’s keep practicing! To continue dancing the TANGO and learning together !!!!!!
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