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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2012, 04:12:36 AM »

The thing that triggered me to write this is actually shaping - head shaping specifically.  For over 10 years I've been trying to get my head right using all sorts of angles conscious efforts, 'shapes', rules, you name it - but when I glance at the mirror its never natural.

So my new dance guru tells me to use my body to shape my head!  What?  There is a natural anti-clockwise torso rotation when you move forward in PP - thats the rotation that works against your hip rotation in the opposite direction.  If your head stays - where its supposed to be - on top of your spine and does NOT rotate you end up with a natural shape. NO head rotation at all, its all an illusion and a yin-yang thingy (except perhaps a tiny one because your eyes want to see where you are going).



I'm a little late here, but I just had a head/neck breakthrough last week too... and it seems very similar!  My coach has always said that you cannot dance if even a pinky finger is tensed up.  Well, last week, I couldn't figure out why I wasn't able to move as much as I wanted to at practice and my partner suggested that I just let my neck go, not try to keep it in any particular place.  That did it!  I felt so much more relaxed, I could move even more than before and my partner said it felt like he had ten more pounds (of potential energy?) to play with Cheesy  OH!  and it looked SO much better!
All of a sudden your head starts to respond to your dancing - its not a decoration at all, its an important tool to assist in motion, often as a stabilizer.

Seems you had a similar epiphany!
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« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2012, 06:57:02 AM »

I love those moments. it s a great moment of growth in your dancing and you never go back.

I have been on the floor for one and half lessons and most of what I have to do has been retained in muscle memory. It is there leg gets tired but teacher has no major issues with the posture.

Getting to stride it out again will be the trick. Shocked
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« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2012, 08:09:42 AM »

Thanks Elise Smiley  and yes, quite exciting!!
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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2013, 02:10:54 AM »

It really is surprising that even with so much time off, the body seems to remember what to do.  Now if the brain would get out of the way.
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« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2013, 02:59:36 AM »

I think that you never forget or go back to the beginning and it takes less time to get back to where you were.
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« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2013, 06:30:51 AM »

I think that you never forget or go back to the beginning and it takes less time to get back to where you were.
Perhaps you should always go back to the beginning and then work through it really fast.
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