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It's challenging to make a true postural change—it will take time. The goal is to have your dancer decrease muscle tension and gain spinal strength so it won't take extra effort to stand up straight. I would suggest she explore some fun new types of activity, in addition to dancing, to do this.

Practicing acrobatic skills such as handstands and cartwheels increases both core strength and upper-body strength, which are needed for proper posture. Rebounding on a trampoline can help dancers stand up straight: You can't jump well if you're slouched over. This might go over better than simply doing exercises.

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Talar compression syndrome means there is some impingement happening in the posterior portion of the ankle joint. Other medical personnel might call your problem os trigonum syndrome or posterior ankle impingement syndrome or posterior tibiotalar compression syndrome. No matter what they name it—it means you are having trouble moving your ankle through pointing and flexing.

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Q: How can students build jump work into their practice while at home? Should they wear tennis shoes and jump only on carpet?


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Q: How can I help parents understand that time spent in technique class is as valuable as learning choreography for competitions?

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Q: I have students who are struggling to engage their abdominals when dancing. What might you suggest to help with this?
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A 25-year-old student recently asked a question that brought back a rush of memories for me. And it's also pertinent to our current COVID-19 restrictions.
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Q: I have an 8-year-old student who is coming along quite nicely in her technique, but I've noticed that one foot doesn't point as well as the other. What's up?
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Q: I don't have the turnout I wish I had. I'm somewhat knock-kneed and I'm wondering if this is affecting my rotation.

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