THE BEST MOVES TO TONE AND TIGHTEN
Posted on 10 December 2014
We caught up with our ambassador and principal ballerina Ingrid Gow to find out her favourite dance moves for feeling toned and tight!
Échappé à la seconde: Great for lower leg control and strength. Also stability and alignment throughout the Intrinsic muscles of the foot.
Arabesque: A test of flexibility and strength to hold the leg in the air. Core strength is vital to protect the back, an arabesque should have a feeling of length upwards and out of the floor.
Temps levé in retire: A jump off one leg and landing on the same leg. A lot of strength is needed throughout the Gluteal Muscles, Lateral Rotator Groups and Thigh Compartments to manage the landing of the whole body on one leg.
Grand Jeté: One of the biggest jumps in ballet, a moment of flight through the air. A Grand Jeté requires the most power and co-ordination and is performed when the body is completely warmed up and prepared to take on the amount of downward force at the end of the jump.
Relevé Écarté: Some movements require you to be off balance en pointe. Creating a counter balance using the weight of the body comes from the deep abdominal muscles and knowing exactly where your body is in the space around you.