My daughter’s dance teacher said that she is “Hypermobile”…what is this, and what does it mean for her as a dancer?
Around each of our joints are strong ligaments that help hold our bones together. In some people these ligaments are very tight, while in others they are quite stretchy. If a person has very stretchy or “lax” ligaments we call this “hypermobility”.
Quitting all fun stuff doesn’t encourage discipline. If anything, I’d argue we need to show our children how their dance or exercise can help with their exam revision. It can help manage stress and re-focus their brain.
Last week my friend shared a piece about herself, in The Mirror. She was young and posing in her ballet costume. She had the biggest, beaming smile on her face. But the article explained that she’d given up dancing to study for her school exams. She hasn’t danced since.
Are you experiencing constant pain in your back when you are dancing? Are you not balancing as well as you used to?
Maybe the problem is that your spine is out of alignment or your pelvis is not level. The body’s foundation is formed by the pelvic girdle. When this bony structure consisting of hip bones and the lower bones of the back is level, there will be maximum balance and stability in the spinal column.
“Without music, life would be a mistake”, said Nietzsche, and he wasn’t entirely wrong because we have a natural instinct that leads us to follow the rhythm of the music. In fact, most children move and clap their hands when they hear a song they like. It is a spontaneous response related to our need to communicate and express our emotions through the movement and the body.