If you've never thought about dance posture before, we've got a massive secret to tell you that'll have you kicking yourself you didn't know about this years ago...
If you stand in the correct posure for dancing, you will instantly look like you've dropped a few pounds in weight. Honestly.
Five minutes of your time and you will immediately look a little slimmer.
Just by adopting good posture and standing better.
Yes, we developed this dance posure exercise primarily to help people who are going to be learning dance for the first time.
But it really can be a massive benefit to everybody to learn how to do this.
In fact, there are several huge benefits. Read all about them below and then have a try at the dance posture exercise itself.
It is incredibly easy and you'll love it.
Your dance posture is vital if you are going to be able to execute
dance steps and moves correctly - no matter what style of dance you
If you start off in a poor position, stooped, slouched or twisted in any way, your chance of injury skyrockets, and you don't look so hot, either.
So, if you want to look more like a true dancer and less like Quasimodo, get your dance posture right before you start.
Everything else will fall into place if you begin from the right stance.
Try the five minute posture exercise on the video below, taken from our unique Modern Dance Workout, and you'll be all set.
And you know what? Do yourself a favor and get this right.
This is a time to be quiet and still.
To really think about your body and the way you stand and move.
So, switch off your phone, find a calm quiet spot in your mind, block out the stresses of the day.
And just do this exercise peacefully and thoughtfully...
Feel good? Yep, it works every time.
Try to do it as often as possible...
Do this dance posture exercise and any posture adjustments before you begin your dance or exercise class warm up.
It's a good idea (if your class doesn't include a posture check at the start - and many don't) to find a quiet spot before the class begins and just take a moment to really think about how you are standing.
Do the dance posture video above a few times, until you have a very clear feeling in your body of where your correct standing position is.
Then, if you need to sneak in a quick posture check before your class, you only need take a quiet moment or two to find that position again.
The more you do this, the more natural your 'correct' standing position will become.
And don't forget to check your posture consciously a few times during your first classes.
For example, if you do a particularly strenuous routine and feel quite puffed afterwards, chances are that you'll slouch a bit while you catch your breath.
But don't then go from that slouch into learning the next routine.
Remember to have a quick check that you're standing straight.
So your knees should be soft, shoulders down, head pulled up.
Then start the next routine with the best posture you can.
Clearly our dance posture check can be used not only before dance classes,
but any type of aerobics / workout / exercise class or gym session.
But in addition to that, you've probably found it very relaxing.
So don't overlook the fact that this five minute check is superb just before you go to bed.
It's gentle and soothing on the body and after a long day,
helps prepare your body for a more refreshing night's sleep.
At The Office
The other terrific use for the check is at work.
Most of us spend a long time each day sitting.
And that's not great for anybody.
So when you can, during a break, at lunch, or once you've finished for the day, just take a moment or two and be kind to your body.
Standing well with good posture will help to iron out all the kinks and knots that sitting and working over a desk produces.
Can we just reiterate the real kicker here? It helps you look slimmer.
Standing tall and elegantly will immediately produce the effect that you've dropped a few pounds - especially around the chin and jowl area, the stomach and derrière.
It's obvious! You're going to raise the line of
your head, drop your shoulders and elongate the spine (which helps to
stretch the tummy muscles and pull under your behind).
This is a massive win-win, for your body and the way you look and feel.
So the trick is, as mentioned, do the full five minutes check above as many times as you can.
Doing it until you know if off by heart will
mean that when you don't have the time or the right place to do the full
check along with the video, you'll instinctively know where your
optimal standing position is so you can quickly adjust into it in only a
few moments of quiet concentration.
So let your good standing position become second nature to you, and your excellent posture will stand you in good stead. Literally...
Next, it's time for your ultimate dance warm up.