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Pilates for dancers who want to perfect their performance

April 9, 2017
Louise Rigby 0 comment(s)
09-04-2017

Hello, fellow dancers!

Have you ever been frustrated by being unable to perform the perfect dance move? Or been set back in training due to recurring injuries? Well, I may have a solution for you!

I have taken part in many forms of dancing – tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and even Irish dancing! All are amazing forms of exercise that keep you fit and flexible. However, sometimes when in training for competitions or performances there is a lack of strength work involving your stabilising muscles.

It is very common to become dominant in our big powerful muscles which means our deep core muscles can become weak or just a bit lazy. This can give us a major disadvantage when trying to perform the perfect jump or spin.  If our core muscles are not strong you may find balancing when on a small base of support difficult e.g. when performing an arabesque. You may also find it hard to maintain an upright position when performing spinning movements such as a pirouette and find you tend to fall to one side.

Weakness in stabilising muscles around the hips can also cause messy landings following high jumps. If your deep gluteal muscles (hip stabilisers) are weak you may find your knees tend to sway inwards upon landing or your hips tend to drop side to side when landing on one leg e.g. during a split leap or straddle jump. This is known as the Trendelenburg effect and can lead to low back, knee and hip pain!Pilates exerciseHow can Physiolates help?

Here is my good news! Pilates exercises can help strengthen your core and stabilising muscles! Plus all of our instructors are highly trained in movement analysis and anatomy to ensure you get the most out of your workout.

Our core muscles and stabilisers help to maintain a neutral spine and good lower and upper limb alignment when we are moving around. This is an essential skill needed when performing regular dancing activities to avoid injury and maximise performance.

Taking part in regular Physiolates exercise can help to:

Pilates exerciseWhat exercises can I do?

All Pilates exercises can help benefit dancing performances! However, personally, I think some of the most beneficial Pilates exercises to help improve dancing performance are the clam and swimming level 4 exercises.




About the author

Louise Rigby

I have a qualification in a Sports Therapy (BSc) Hons degree and I’m also a Physiolates instructor. Alongside my degree I’ve attained a VTCT level 4 certificate in sports massage therapy and hold a Level 2 emergency aid and trauma management qualification. I’ve always had a keen interest in sport and exercise and have performed competitively in gymnastics, cheerleading, dancing and volleyball. I found that Pilates massively complimented my sports and gave me the edge on the other competitors! I also love how every class is different, there's such a wide repertoire of exercises, it could never get boring!

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