How to Make Your Pirouettes Better

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Doing a pirouette is one thing - doing a great pirouette is something different altogether. Make your pirouettes better with help from a personal trainer, choreographer and dance instructor in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Lesa G. Williams, owner of Mix in San Diego, California. Today, we'll be talking you through how to make your pirouettes better. There are three major components when trying to improve your pirouettes. One is spotting. You want to make sure that your head, when you find your front is whipping around as fast as possible to find your front again. So a slow motion demonstration on the spot would be if I'm staring at the camera, and I turn and whip my head around again to find front again. So the faster and stronger that your spot is, the more turns you can do. Second would be core strength. So making sure that your stomach and your back muscles are strong. You can improve your core strength by doing things as simple as crunches or full sit ups. Plank even works on your core stomach and back. Doing back raises to improve your back strength too because you always want to make sure that your front and back muscles match. So core strength is your second option. And then third would be releve. So going up on to the balls of your feed. And you can work on that simply by going up and then down and a really easy way to practice that is while brushing your teeth in the morning. So finding your straight legs up on the balls of your feet and then down and then up and then down. So again, to improve your pirouettes, you would work on your spotting, you would work on your core, and then you would work on your releves. Because the longer you can hold your releve, the more turns you can do. And that's how you would make your pirouettes better. I'm Lesa G. Williams, owner of Mix in San Diego, California.


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