This exercise follows the plié, tendu and dégagé series in Suzi Taylor's lyrical jazz class. It helps students manage their ribcage and shoulder alignment, while finding their centers.
Taylor trained in Southern California with Douglas Caldwell, Jaime Rogers and Philip and Charles Fuller before moving to New York City. There, she studied at The Ailey School and with Doug Wassel, David Howard and Finis Jhung. She has been teaching at Steps on Broadway for 25 years and is a founding teacher at New York City Dance Alliance. In fall 2013, she joined the dance faculty at Pace University.