scballetmom Posted August 12, 2010 Report Share Posted August 12, 2010 (edited) I am looking for some exercises to help my dd improve her everyday and dance posture. Her shoulders are constantly slumped, it seems, and her shoulder blades stick out noticeably in the back. Her neck also appears short and her stomach pokes out. When it's time to do combinations/perform, she seems to hold her shoulders and stomach correctly, and her neck lengthens; however, day to day, during warmup, and hanging out between combinations in class (or waiting for the audition to start! ), she has poor posture. Although I'm "just a mom", when I observe her, her posture causes her to look like she lacks confidence, if that makes sense, and, I think, holds her back from who she could be as a dancer. I know that first impressions matter. I also wonder if, because she is one of the tallest dancers in our studio, and ALL of her friends are shorter, that she is in the habit of hunching over to chat with them. Some background info: She's 13, close to 5'8", slendar, and has hyperextension, natural "perfect turnout", and "gorgeous feet". Her lower body is quite exceptional (according to all of the teachers and guest artist who have worked with her over the years). Can anyone suggest any exercises that she can do at home to help develop a good posture habit? We have some therabands. Would pilates help? All I know to do is "nag", which hasn't been very effective..... Thank you for your help! This site is a blessing! Edited August 12, 2010 by scballetmom Quote Link to comment
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