How to stand up from a front limber and walkover?

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Im trying to practice doing the walkover and limber slow and graceful. i will land in a backbend or one leg always. i want the walkover fast but im taking my time. Any tips.

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Really think about shoving your feet into the floor and lift your hands. For now, do a front limber and lift one hand then the other. That helps some people learn to get up. After that, try both. Also, really engage your abs. They are what's going to pull you up. Good luck!

How to be able to do the splits in a week ?

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Hi
I've been doing the basic stretches , ( lunge , reverse lunge , straddles , butterflies , touching your toes ) And I have about 2-3 inches to go down and i will be doing a complete split and will be completely on the floor . I'd like to be able to do the splits by next thursday for cheer-leading tryouts . What can i do to get completely on the ground into a full side split ?

Answer: 
Stretch stretch stretch 24/7 also when you go into your splits start in your lunge and have someone hold done your legs to stretch them out

How to win a scholarship at a dance convention?

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I am going to a convention in February and I really want to win a scholarship! What are the judges going to be looking for? please help me!

Answer: 
Someone who is confident in their dancing, and has really good emotions, even if your technique isn't amazing you can always win them over with your emotions.

How to prepare myself for my first adult ballet lesson?

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What should I put in my bag?
What should I do to physically prepare myself?
My lesson is on Thursday.

Answer: 
Bring bottled water and a small towel and of course your ballet slippers. Make sure your hair is out of your face. You can wear your leotard and tights under your cloths and then take off your street cloths in the changing room. If you are not wearing a leotard and tights but something else, make sure they are form fitting so the teacher can see your body. Get to class a bit early to warm up (jump about a bit to get your blood going) and then stretch gently. You don't really need to do anything else to prepare. Other things you may want to add to your bag, like hair items and some band-aids and a stich kit will come a bit later. Relax, you will be just fine. If you are not sure how to stretch properly, your teacher will show you and you can wait until the first class for that. Have fun!

How to join a professional company like the Joffrey Ballet?

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It's my dream to join the Joffrey Ballet. Any tips on how to prepare for a professional career in dance?

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Audition for their affiliate school in Chicago. Either the full time program or their summer intensive. If you get in, you know you have what it takes to be in the company. Once you're in, it's up to you and luck. Not every dancer who gets in to the full time program is asked to join the company.

How do I start learning how to fouette?

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I'm 16 and on my high school dance team! (As of right now I have a solid triple pirouette.) Are season is about to start and I want to know how I can start learning on how to fouette or maybe some tips that can help me!

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I will give you some tips here but I do firmly believe that you probably need a private session with an instructor because there is no substitute for hands on instruction in dance. Otherwise, I recommend heading to the barre. Practice getting over your leg in passe releve; developpe devant in plie and opening a la seconde in releve (all the basic motions of the fouette). All good turns need to start there with you needing the barre less and less to help you balance. Remember to keep your core area strong (crunches are a good prep) and imagine that you are turning on a spindle (much like a carousel horse) sending energy up through the ceiling and down through the floor so you don't fall forward or backward. Make sure your shoulders are down, remember to spot and snap your arms together into first position at the initiation of the turn so they don't hold you back. Watch a few videos of professional dancers, too, so you can connect what you are supposed to look like in your mind.

How long does it take to learn how to do a front/back handspring?

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I'm a beginner gymnast and I'm considering of taking a gymnastics class that suits my needs/goals. It's once a week 1.5 hours for each session for 9 weeks. Anyway, I want to learn how to do a front and back handspring in this time. Is this possible?

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It is very possible but it depends on a lot of things like what you can do already, how much time you put in to conditioning outside the classes, whether you have a natural aptitude, how strong and flexible you are, and the ratio of coaches to gymnasts in the class. You have to be able to do a cartwheel and round-off well before you can learn handsprings so if you have those already it would be quite likely. Even if you have to learn cartwheel and round-off first it is still very possible particularly if you have good coordination and strength. You might end up learning a front handspring but not a back-hnadspring which is harder.

How to prepare for a Dance Class Audition?

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So this is for Ukrainian dancing/Contemporary (you don't need to know anything about Ukrainian dancing to answer this)

I take these Technique classes but this year I have to audition. It's a audition class so we are all together and I believe the teachers will evaluate on us.

Questions:

1. What will the teachers be looking for?

2. How should I present myself at the audition?

3. How should I prepare? What to bring? What to practice or remember?

In this technique class, we do learn about contemporary too.

Answer: 
Teacher are looking for someone with confidence, but that are not stuck up. Keep your head held high, just not too high if you know what i mean. Do not wear your hair down /a bun is fine as long as you slick it back/. Show up 15-20 min early to strech even if they say they will strech you. Bring every dance shoe that you own and a pair of socks pink tights and a black leotard if you the only one that is not in ballet attire. Go over all your ballet,jazz,modern or any concepts you jave gone over in the past year. Hope i can help

How long does it take to learn how to dance Cumbia Texana?

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I wanna dance a song called "Ese Botecito" for my quince next summer. How long would it take to learn Cumbia texana?

Answer: 
I don't know the answer to your question, but I want to see how many people even know what a cumbia is, much less how long it would take to learn to dance a cumbia Tejana. Have a good quincinera!

How long does it take to learn how to do the splits?

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I'm 22 years old I use to be able to do the splits(almost fully) when I was younger but I stopped practicing and now I can't do it anymore. I've been doing Yoga for a week now and I want to learn new Yoga poses but I can't because I'm not fully flexible. Being able to do the splits would really help with the poses.

How often would I have to stretch to actually be able to learn how to fully do the splits? Also is there a difference between a sideway split and a normal outward split?

Answer: 
First off, you don't "learn" how to do the splits; anyone can read about how to do the splits and can "learn" how to do them. Rather, it is a position that you may be able to coax your body into. The splits are not a natural position to be in, and most people can't/don't do them correctly. That being said, realistically it will take at least a year to develop the kind of flexibility needed to be able to do a full split. Make sure you stretch your hip flexors and especially the backs of your legs (for right and left splits). For middle splits, the straddle stretch will help you get close. A note on the middle splits: most people can't do a full middle split, just because of the way the hips are aligned. For example, people with 90 degree turnout from both hips are more likely to be able to do a middle split than someone with less turnout. That being said, with consistent stretching you may get close to a full middle split, but I doubt that you would be able to do a full middle split (most people can't). As far as difference goes, left and right splits use the muscles of the backs of the legs. Middle splits uses inner thigh muscles/groin area muscles. Both use hip flexors. If you have tight hips, try doing the frog stretch or the butterfly stretch, as these will help open up the hip joints. Hope this helps. ** You should NOT stretch until you feel pain. This is bad because muscles can get torn, even small muscle fibers, and scar tissue can then form, which will only make you more tight. Think of your muscles as rubber bands; you can only stretch them so much until they "break." Some advice on proper and safe stretching: stretch because it feels good, not to get "quick results." There is no such thing as quick results in stretching. Stretching builds flexibility over a long period of time, not over night.

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