More on Warming Up

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We’ve been having so much fun trading off who runs warm ups that Betty jumped back in — with something completely different. She practices an Indian martial art called kalaripayattu and she ran us through some drills to make us think differently about dance moves.

We practiced high kicks and turns, which are done differently from the dance equivalent. As I remember, kicks involve recovering the momentum by taking the leg back and you should be trying to hit a target, not just lifting your leg high. When turning with a kick, the pivot is on your heel, not the ball of your foot.

Many of the Babydolls have a ballet background and much of these exercises were totally counter to their instincts. I didn’t have to fight against previous training — I just thought it was hard. And since it was just a 10-15 minute warmup, Betty didn’t inflict the jumps or squats on us. That’s probably next time.

It’s so useful to try other forms of movement and apply them to burlesque. I think it improves us all as performers.

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Published in: on 13 March 2012 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

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