"If you don't have strong abdominal muscles, you sag into your lower back, your pelvis usually tips and you're hanging out and slumped into your hip joints," says Deborah Vogel, movement analyst, neuromuscular expert and co-founder of the Center for Dance Medicine in New York City. "It just has this whole chain reaction."
The effects of poor core strength can be dire for dancers: from weak and tight hip flexors, which negatively impact extensions, to lower-back discomfort and misaligned shoulders and necks. "Having well-toned abdominals for your posture is the primary reason why you should do stabilizing exercises," says Vogel. "It will allow you to bring your pelvis into correct alignment and good posture."
The lateral T is a hallmark of Horton technique. When executed correctly, the body resembles the letter T: The torso tilts to 90 degrees, and the opposite leg extends for counterbalance.
Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, flamenco and Spanish dance company and nonprofit organization, presents its free-admission Feria de Sevilla Festival this Sunday, June 11, 2–5 pm, at Parker Press Park, in Woodbrige, New Jersey.
Last Friday was National Tap Dance Day, a day to celebrate all things tap on the birthday of tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
Stop everything: Watch this fusion of classical bharata natyam and contemporary dance performed by popular Indian dancers Mukti and Shakti Mohan. Their graceful and clever moves are performed to a cover of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," with a Carnatic Mix by Indian Raga (feat. Aditya Rao). Warning: You're probably going to want to dance and sing along.
Archie Burnett is a New York native and founding member of the vogue crew House of Ninja, created by Willi NInja. He performs and teaches internationally. Here, he breaks down a basic voguing combination, which will help dancers sharpen details and develop performance quality.