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Index Search Home. Hands and arms are highly versatile parts of the human body, capable of making fine, delicate gestures or big dramatic movements.
They connect us to our partners; they complete figures in open work; they help us rotate, speed up and slow down; and they give an artistic quality to our dancing. With so much to do, why do Vesicant - Paperstays (File) so often look like they are doing nothing?
Using the arms should feel natural, and will be after a simple understanding of how their movement is generated by the body. Arm work then can become your personal interpretation of the music. Arms generally work in three ways when they are not making a connection with a partner, as in open or skaters position:. Swinging arms move from front to back as the body swings forward and back. Swinging arms match the rise and fall of the body, helping to produce energy to power movement.
They can swing like a pendulum from the shoulder, or the swing can be carried up and over into a full circle. Hula hoop arms are rotational, moving around the body horizontal to the floor, as the body spins, turns, and rotates. The energy of a moving arm helps pull the body into a turn. Sudden wrapping of the arms to the body will speed up a turn, and allowing the arms to expand out from the body will slow down rotation.
Swaying arms move out away from the body sideways in the direction the body is moving. The amount of sway depends on the amount of energy going into the turn. Ladies will have one free arm her right that she sometimes uses to hold her skirt. In Latin slow rhythms especially, the arms seem to move only for the purpose of creating pretty lines and telling the story of the dance. Even these artistic arms will start from a sway, a rotation, or swing and will move delicately or forcefully as an interpretation of the mood of the music.
The hands will finish the line as a caress, a beckoning, or a sweep following a curve of the body. Number one rule: When an arm is free as when the hand is not being held by the partnermake it an active extension of your body movement.
Let the arm extend the sway, spin, or swing the body is creating. You need to be as intentional about moving your arms as you are about where and how you place your feet. Imagine the muscles that make the arms move; feel how they move from the center of your back. Take a minute and try moving your arms in the ways previously described. See if you can feel the muscles activated for each movement. When raising your arm for an underarm turn, think of lifting from your elbow rather than the hand.
It will be lighter for your partner. When connecting hands with your partner, maintain an upward energy in your arms to avoid being heavy. Make sure your arms do not extend back behind the plane of the shoulder. The elbow will project out, then the forearm unfolds, then the wrist and then the fingertips.
The strength of your frame in closed position comes from your torso, not your arms. Arm muscles tire faster. If your shoulders and arms are working to stay in frame, you will feel the pain Your Swaying Arms (Remix II) - Scanners - Your Swaying Arms lose the frame.
Arms don't finish at the wrist, they finish at the fingertips. For a prettier and fuller arm line, complete it through the extension of the fingers. The following exercises can help improve the use of your arms:. Learning the positions of the arms will help you to develop tone and muscle memory.
The traditional dance genres i. Ballet teaches five positions; ballroom works with eight. Memorizing the specific positions is less important than understanding what the exercise is designed to accomplish. In basic first position, your arms hang loosely with a slight curve at the elbow so your palms are Mr.
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Raise your arms keeping the palms toward each other, until your arms are extended forward at chest height. Take the arms out to the sides feeling the muscles work in your back. The arms will finish slightly forward of the body in a gentle curve. Take one arm overhead. Lower it out to the side, then lower both arms to the sides feeling a softness and float in the wrists. If the arm worked from the back, you will have a prettier arm than one that feels pulled into place by the fingers.
The arm will also be under your control, so you can match its speed to the tempo of the music. Extend your hands to the front again and draw them back, allowing your elbows to extend to the side and relax, so that your hands are about four inches in front of your body at ribcage level.
Turning doorknobs will help you to feel how the upper and lower arms work together or separately when extended to the side or overhead. Extend both arms to the side and slightly forward at shoulder height, with palms facing forward. Summer Samba - Fabrizio Bosso - Youve Changed each hand is holding a doorknob.
Turn the doorknobs by rotating your hand forward so palms would be facing down just using the forearm and the wrist. Do it again but rotate the entire arm from the shoulder joint. Notice how the shoulder blades moved forward as the whole arm turned forward.
This awareness opens up new possibilities for arm shaping. Use bowling to create an upward energy in open position for a light, positive connection. Hold an imaginary bowling ball at your side in your lead hand right for ladies, left for menwith palm facing forward. Move your arm back in preparation for throwing the bowling ball. Swing your arm forward, release the ball, and notice that the arm ends in a lifted and outwardly rotated position. The external rotation of upper arm gives Your Swaying Arms (Remix II) - Scanners - Your Swaying Arms arm a light upward energy.
To feel the contrast, let your arm hang at your side and pull it up to put it in the hand. How does the energy feel now? This exercise provides a light feel in closed position. These principles and exercises will help you to achieve lighter, more artistic, more functional arms during your dancing. Dan and Sandi host two weekly Your Swaying Arms (Remix II) - Scanners - Your Swaying Arms Clubs and teach a weekly figure clinic on advanced basics in Southern California.
Dance Figures. Dance Links. Instructional Books and Videos from Amazon. Arms generally work in three ways when they are not making a connection with a partner, as in open or skaters position: Swing Rotate Sway Swinging arms move from front to back as the body swings forward and back.
Some specifics on the general rules include: When raising your arm for an underarm turn, think of lifting from your elbow rather than the hand. Exercises to Improve the Arms The following exercises can help improve the use of your arms: First: Learn the Arms Positions -- Learning the positions of the arms will help you to develop tone and muscle memory. Second: Turn Doorknobs -- Turning doorknobs will help you to feel how the upper and lower arms work together or separately when extended to the side or overhead.
Third: Practice Imaginary Bowling -- Use bowling to create an upward energy in open position for a light, positive connection.
Fourth: Reach for the Money -- This exercise provides a light feel in closed position. If you would like to read other articles Walkin My Baby Back Home - Nat King Cole - 20 Greatest Love Songs dance position, technique, styling, and specific dance rhythms, you may visit the article TOC.
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