July’s Turns Workshop: Younger Girls with Ms. Lynnrae



For the second hour of the workshop, the younger dancers moved into the back room at the studio to work with the guest teacher, Ms. Lynnrae, on their turns.

She began by running them through a warm up to get them out of a tumbling mindset, and into a dance mode.  They stretched themselves out again, and focused on their posture which would be important when they began to turn in a few minutes.

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They stretched their legs while seated on the floor some more also.

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They even worked on strengthening their cores.



Then, it was time for them to turn.

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Ms. Lynnrae helped them perfect their starting position.  She explained how you can not expect to turn well, if you start off with bad form.  They must begin by standing tall, with a tight core, firm arms and strong legs.

She worked with them on perfecting their pique turning positions.  She discussed how there are a lot of other options of course, for but regardless of the position one is spinning in, the dancer still needs to have strong legs, firm arms, a tight core and, of course, beautiful, tall posture.

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She balanced rolls of tape on their legs and books on their heads to demonstrate her point.

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With all of this in mind, then, they practiced their pique turns some more.

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They worked on some other spinning positions too.

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They also worked on their fouettes and alsicones.

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Ms. Lynnrae put tape on one of her demonstrators to illustrate the natural “square” of the body.  She explained that it is important to keep the body “square” while spinning.  Too often dancers get off their balance (their square goes off kilter) and the turns don’t work.

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With all the new information fresh in everyone’s brains, she had them all do some turns moving towards the front of the room.  She encouraged them to carefully spot themselves in the mirror while they danced, focusing on their posture and keeping their bodies square.

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Towards the end, she played a little game with one of the youngest students.  She asked her to mimic like a mirror. She wanted to ensure that even the littlest ones understood they while they dance they can look to their demonstrators and try to copy what they see.

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Everyone took a few more passes across the floor.

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Sadly, time soon ran out.  Everyone thanked Ms. Lynnrae for the amazing lesson and then they posed for a group picture together.