Today's lesson, Clarifying the Use of the Foot, can help to improve the function of the foot. It is a personal favorite of mine and has many interesting applications in the dance studio. As the name suggests, it can be great for improving the stability of the standing foot and articulation of the working foot, but there are many other positive (and unexpected) effects that the lesson can bring about. For example, it can help to:
1) Reduce overuse of the thighs.
2) Help students connect the experience of the the heel leading forward in tendu front, to the activation of the hip rotators.
Also, If you have students who tend to hold tension in the neck, this lesson may be helpful. It is an important reminder that dancing is a "from the ground up" experience, and misuse of the foot and ankle can have repercussions that manifest in other parts of the body. If you are a teacher and find useful applications for this lesson in your classes--please share what you are doing. I am sure we are all looking for new ways to inspire our students.
To change the subject for a moment--I want to thank everyone who voted for IntelliDANCE on ideablob! We didn't get into the finals for March, but the grant program has been extended through September of 2008, so we are still in the running. If you would like to cast a vote for us, click here to link to our voting page.
Finally, I have produced this Podcast using a new software program. I hope that it will be an improved listening experience for you all. If you have any comments or problems--please let me know by clicking the link at the end of this post.
Thanks everyone! Enjoy the lesson!!!
IntelliDANCE Podcast-Lesson 7: Clarifying the Use of the Foot