This Tuesday's tutorial is super short. Everything from the first position plies apply.
Pull the belly button towards the spine
Feel the glutes "wrap around" and gently squeeze
As the knees bend, imagine the back of the pelvis is sliding up and down an imaginary wall.
Knees stay opened out over the tops of the feet.
As you straighten the knees, feel those glutes do that wrap and squeeze.
Because second position puts you in a wider stance, it gives a great opportunity to feel those thighs stretch out to the side, making sure to keep those knees over the feet.
In the video I start off by showing the pelvis out of proper alignment for plies, by showing the hips go behind the feet. When doing a squat you want the hips to go behind the heels, but not in a turned out plié.
Doing properly aligned plies in second is, of course, a necessity for classical ballet technique, but it is also a great move to add to any fitness regiment where you do squats. I'm a big fan of the squat. I do them all the time and I have my young dancers do them as well. Knowing how to properly align the pelvis for various moves can only make you stronger and more agile.
Thanks for hanging out and reading.
Enjoy the dance that is life!