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Here you have some advises and guides about how to learn dance:
  • Foot positions

  • There are many ways to illustrate foot positioning. Some methods include describing the angle or position of a single foot. The most basic method is to refer to five basic foot positions:


    First Position
    Second Position
    Third Position
    Feet together. Feet apart, side by side. Feet together, heel to instep.
    first position
    second position
    third position
     
    Fourth Position
    Fifth Position
    Feet apart, one foot in front of the other. Feet together, one foot in front of the other, toe to heel.
    fourth position
    fifth position

    If you decide to attend dance lessons or dance workshops, this foot positions make your life easier. It is a great help.

    Turnout
    Turning Out is the process of rotating the feet external to an angle, so that the toes point away from each other. The degree of turnout is the angle that results between the feet. When the feet are held without any turnout, they are referred to as parallel.
    For Smooth and Standard style ballroom dancing, the feet are usually detained parallel.
    Turnout in the Latin and Rhythm dances is suggested for the majority of situations. The wanted amount of turnout is between 45 and 90 degrees.



    Supination and Pronation
    Pronation and supanation are movement of the feet; the pronation is the rolling of the foot toward the inside edge and the supination is the rolling of the foot toward the outside edge.
    When the body weight is detained over the outside edge, the foot has rolled out into a supinated position also known "sickled". A sickled position is unwanted, and should be avoided at all times.



  • Dance Posture

  • The correct dance posture is very important for stability, muscle development, and prevention of injury in dance.
    A few advises to improve our posture are listed below:


    1. The muscles in the back and abdomen should be held, but not in a tense mode.
    2. There is a slight curvature to the spine, particularly where the spine meets the pelvis.
    3. The arms and head should rest comfortably over the rib cage.
    4. Maintain your shoulders relaxed.
    5. Maintain your head further back, over your spine.
    6. For the most part keep your feet under your body when moving across the floor.
    7. The smaller clean steps are better than large awkward ones, because these are easier to control.
    8. Learn to use your body position and movements to reflect the personality of each dance. Think of acting out the dance as well as dancing with your feet.
    9. Is important that your image reflects a good appearance in your dance, because is possible you are a good dancer but if you have bad posture or dress sloppy that is enough to ruin how you look on the dance floor.
    10. When someone refers to alignment, one usually thinks of the head, spine and pelvis and generally forgets about the legs and feet. Problems in the legs, such as hyper- extended knees and over turnout of the feet, often lead to injuries in elsewhere in the body.


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