Improving your body lines is more than just looking beautiful on the pole. It helps you to achieve self-confidence, develop flexibility, and balance in your body.
Taking the first step in perfecting your body lines causes you to become more aware of your muscles. This, in turn, makes it easier for you to correct your own posture. Eventually, as you continue to integrate these techniques, you will find your muscle memory naturally doing its work to achieve gorgeous body lines.
Read on to learn from Gianna Locher on how basic elements of ballet can step up your pole dancing.
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Perfect your body lines on the pole with these 10 easy tips for each body points:
TIP: Stretch out your fingers and hold an imaginary pen. Bring your middle finger and thumb close but leave space in between (as if you're holding a pen).
The rest of your fingers naturally follow to achieve a beautiful hand line.
TIP: Point your toes. Place a towel on the floor and pick up the towel with your toes. Stretch out your leg and knee, along with your toes as you reach out to pick up the towel.Once you pick up the towel, move your foot up and down without letting the towel go. Remember to practice with your other foot too!
TIP: Straighten your knees and rotate your legs to make them look longer.
Straighten your knees as you stretch your legs out.
A quick tip to making it seem like you have long stretched out legs is by rotating your legs. Keep your hips square/straight and rotate your leg in both angles to see which angle makes your knee and leg look straight.
TIP: Push your shoulders down and back.
Straighten your back and push your shoulders down and back too. As you do this, your neck seems longer and you are also stretching out your chest making it seem more open.
Now practice this while you move your arms up and down. As your arms move, keep your shoulders down and back to achieve that elongated look on your upper body.
TIP: Keep your chin up.
When you are turning sideways, keep your chin up to achieve a beautiful neckline. Be careful to not overstretch your neck, aim to keep your face visible.
TIP: Stretch your arms.
Stretch and straighten your arms, moving them around to find the perfect angle.
Avoid overstretching, instead make sure to keep your shoulders down and relaxed. Remember to bend your elbows to relax them as you move your arms around.
TIP: Your eyes should follow your arms/hands.
When you move around the pole, your eyes should follow your movement. If you can see your hand, look into your hand. If you are stretching out your arms, look over your finger into the distance.
TIP: Use your full range of motion.
Create an arch with your whole body. Start off by standing straight, keep your stomach in, and tuck your butt in and tight. Move your head and put your shoulder blades together as you arch your upper back as much as possible. From there, let go of the tension in your butt and get into your backbend completely.
This move depends on your flexibility. Avoid using your lower back as you arch your body to avoid injuries.
TIP: Isolate your movements to find your perfect shape.
When you are at the pole and you want to move a certain body part like your leg, learn to hold the rest of your body in place.
TIP: Put on a smile!
As we move around the pole, trying out different positions and occasionally dealing with some skin burn pain, remember to smile. A smile actually helps lowers the body's stress which will help reduce the pain you feel and make you look gorgeous too!
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