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. 



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