Mazenderan Posted February 23, 2008 Report Share Posted February 23, 2008 I have a couple of bad habits that I'm consistently corrected on and that I've recently noticed myself when standing near the mirror in class. The first one is pulling faces. This doesn't happen so much at the barre, although I can sport a bit of a death stare. When I move into centre floor, though, the face-pulling starts. I'm not conscious I'm doing it, but have been told I either tend to have a very concentrated, grim face (when I'm doing something I find difficult) and an outright frustrated grimace (usually after I feel I've not done something as well as I wanted). The other girls all have their own 'ballet faces', whereas I gurn (like this: ). Facial expressions seem to be an involuntary thing; how does one begin to control them? The second problem is to do with my shoulders. This is driving me mad. My shoulders always seem to creep up throughout class - particularly in centre floor, and particularly when I'm doing something I find difficult. It looks horrible . Arms in fifth looks particularly nasty - if my shoulders are as far down as I can push them, then my arms look to rounded. If I elongate the arms, then up come the shoulders . I've always had shoulder issues. I'm never sure whether 'shoulders down' means relaxed, or with a conscious sensation of pushing the shoulders down and back. My teacher says you should feel it beneath the shoulderblades, sort of mid-back to the outside back, but even when I really push I can't feel anything there. If it's of any use, the physio has said my lumbar region is very hypermobile, and my shoulders are also quite loose. I also have costochondritis. Does anyone have any advice? I've noticed in class that one of the sure-fire ways to spot ladies who did ballet when they were younger is that they have a 'serene' face and proper 'ballet neck and shoulders. The real adult beginners don't. Is it just one of these things you would have had to have learned as a child? Quote Link to comment
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