Efficient alignment

I liked the reminder that was given at the IADMS Day for Teachers regarding muscular support for efficient alignment. When observing and analysing the student's posture/alignment it helps to ask yourself the following questions:

1 What is too tight?

2 What is too weak?

3 What is being recruited inappropriately?

Where we observe muscular imbalances we need to pay attention to whether muscles that appear too tight are indeed too tight (is it a flexibility issue?) or are they being recruited inappropriately (causing tension caused through using too much effort). Too much effort or over recruitment of muscles can result in rigidity where the dancer's muscles are too tense and this in turn prevents her/him moving efficiently.