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ADVANCED

The importance of body conditioning for dance, athletics, and daily life is becoming increasingly more recognized and valued, by teachers, artistic directors, coaches, and medical practitioners. Muscular strength and endurance, as well as flexibility can improve performance, aid in injury prevention, and enhance aesthetic beauty. However, for these changes in the body’s physique to be beneficial, it is crucial that the brain learns how to “speak” to the muscles so that they are organized in more efficient ways. This is called neuromuscular repatterning, or motor recruitment. When we dance, or move about in daily life, it is rare that single muscles achieve a task; rather, it is the complex organization of multiple muscle groups that must be achieved. We refer to this as “body integration,” and it is the job of the brain to establish patterns of muscle use that involve core support, balanced muscle function, and the right amounts of muscle tension to optimize the movement without undue stress.

The goal of the advanced video is to expand on the exercises learned in the beginning and intermediate videos, and progressively increase the work to higher strength and coordination demands. Movements in this video are more complex and challenging, and require a certain level of muscular strength and endurance, and understanding of body connections before it can be attempted. There are several dance-specific exercises designed to assist with improved dance performance, and to enhance the dancer’s awareness and understanding of how his or her particular structure can best function in all forms of dance. The advanced dancers on the video serve as a visual model, while the teacher guides you through a non-stop series of exercises.





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