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May 31, 2014

Charlotte W.

Do you have a stretch routine to achive the splits because I'm almost there.

Aug 25, 2013

Mahak J.

Amazing
your body is so flexible...
following you
coz I also love dance
but I know indian dance only

Sep 19, 2013

Lizzy M.

Thanks! And that's really cool, I think dances from other cultures are so beautiful and fascinating :)

Aug 16, 2013

Monica E.

Hey lizzy first I wanna say your pic is amazing how you do this?
Second I'm 15 years old I've danced ballet for almost three years but I've stopped this year Cz I reached I rly high level in piano and I've got school but I miss it a lotttt. The only problem is dancing classes in my country sucks I didn't learn that much those years my technique is not that gd but I loveeeee ballet. We don't even have dance school in my area. I wanna improve my technique I wanna be a rly gd ballerina. Is there any specific YouTube channel any tips or recommendations?

Aug 22, 2013

Lizzy M.

Hi! First, thanks so much :) in my profile picture I'm doing a scorpion, which is mostly just about balance and flexibility :)

I totally understand where you're coming from. I used to live in Zimbabwe and the dancing there is at a really low standard, it was so hard to find good pre-professional training programs. Eventually I convinced my parents to let me audition for ballet schools in Europe and America, and got to join Elmhurst ballet school. I miss my family & I did have to make a lot of sacrifices, but I know it will be worth it someday.

Unfortunately, ballet relies on classical technique. There are plenty of YouTube videos to help with you flexibility, strength, and basic ballet vocabulary, but beyond that, you can't reach the level you need to be at to be a professional just from watching videos & practicing at home. You need a teacher who can give you corrections, watch your posture, and develop your skills. Find the best dance classes available in your area (or consider applying for ballet schools overseas), and work hard at home to strengthen feet, get your splits, etc. If you have any other questions feel free to ask or email me at vividelectra@yahoo.com :)

Aug 14, 2013

Kate Z.

Thanks for following as well!

Aug 14, 2013

Lizzy M.

No problem :) Let me know if you need any other advice xx

Aug 14, 2013

Kate Z.

Thanks for all the tips! It helped a lot:)

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Lizzy M.

Location: Birmingham

Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

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About Me

"While I dance I can not judge, I can not hate, I can not separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance." -Hans Bos

Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Fair
Undertone: Warm
Skin Type: Oily, Combination
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Texture: Dry, Coarse

FAQ

Q: Is that you in your pictures?
A: Yes!

Q: How can I get more flexible?
A: I highly recommend Lisa Howell's Front Splits Fast program. The name itself sounds sketchy, but it's all about releasing tension that is obstructing your mobility. Sometimes in a desperate attempt to get more flexible, you end up damaging muscle and causing them to spasm or tense up, which is the opposite of what you want. This program helps deal with that issue and is a great new approach to flexibility. Otherwise, just look on YouTube for different stretching videos. Don't hold a stretch for more than 30 seconds, don't push yourself too far, and stay diligent with stretching.

Q: What about back flexibility?
A: This is an area that gave me a lot of grief. I have a picture of back stretches on my profile. When trying to improve your arabesque, put your leg up on a surface that is comfortable with you. Start with a chair, then maybe move up to a table that is the same height as your studio barre. Once you're comfortable with that, you can practice your needle by sliding your leg up against a wall like you're doing the splits against it, but facing away from the wall. Hold a chair in front of you for support.

Q: How can I improve my turnout?
A: I love the frog stretch and wall straddles, as well as oversplits using yoga blocks or any slightly raised surface. Doing clam stretches will strengthen your turnout muscles, which is just as important as flexibility.

Q: How can I improve my dancing in general?
A: Practice makes perfect. Find extra dance classes, watch YouTube videos, and do whatever you can. If you want it, you'll find a way. A lot of dancers are focused on work like Jazz or Contemporary, but everyone dancer should be in ballet. It will help your technique a vast amount, and it's the foundation of all dance. You might even end up enjoying it more than you think.