Paul Parish Posted September 13, 2003 Report Share Posted September 13, 2003 "In and up under the ribs," "hold your stomach"-- Rejoice with me! I finally started to feeling the place to hold! A spot between the hipbones and about two inches below the navel -- I can feel it, and if I can dance from there, everything feels like it's lined up, above and below. THe exercise that makes me feel it is to do grand plie in fifth with no barre, just using my own balance, knees falling sideways, and the heels touching all the way down, expecially in the last 12 inches of hte descent and rise.... I can feel the low-ab muscles working to let the thighs open, and everything else is very relaxed!!! (Actually at the bottom my quads check in and ask how long htis is going to continue, but they don't actually hurt or anything.) usually just do very simple arms in low fifth letting my fingertips slide out to my knees as they widen -- or first port de bras, but I on;y do that after I've really had sucess a couple of times doing the simpler version quietly -- but I CAN do it quietly, and AFTER that, taking that feeling with me into other things, I can turn, the pirouettes is easy, I can take the front foot from fifth to attitude back and rise (those are the first things it occurred to me to do)-- stomach to the back bone, holding about two inches below the navel. THis just happened, a couple of times this week, and again just this morning. Try it, see if it works for you. Quote Link to comment
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