6. Including crawling in class is a simple and fun way to improve core stability in dancers
Introducing crawling effectively in any movement class differs depending on the age level. In very young students, simply introducing games that require the student to move around on hands and knees will help them find their own stability. Exploring the difference between the quality of a cat, a rhino and a gazelle brings forward all kinds of different movement patterns, and balancing a toy on the low back can help young children focussed. However, I am certainly not the only one to play with this, and there is a nice series of exercises which can be found online in the “Animal Flow” series by Mike Fitch. Animals to try include: Frog, Ape, Breast, Crab, Crocodile and Scorpion.
When working with older students or adults who are further away from the natural pattern of crawling, and may have developed some adverse movement patterns, it may need to be done much more carefully. Our New Approach to Core Stability program explores many safe and progressive ways to bring work on hands and knees into your current conditioning program, while our Training Turnout in Tiny Dancers program looks at layered progressions for ages 3-8. Crawling should be one of the most natural movement patterns, but for many people it is surprisingly difficult. However, with a little focused practice, restoring the natural crawling motion can have a huge influence on your overall stability, especially on the Anterior Oblique Sling.
If you are looking to delve deeper into this topic, check out the following programs:
- A New Approach to Core Stability:This program approaches Core Stability training in a completely new way. Using a simple visual chart comprising of 5 different positions (Lying, Side Lying, 4 Point, Sitting and Standing) and 5 different grades, you can work your way through the entire program at your own pace, layering levels of stability to achieve ultimate dynamic control of the spine and pelvis.
- Level One Dance Teacher and Therapist Training: This unique course covers a multitude of assessment and treatment techniques to individualise a dancer's training. With special focusses on Postural Control, Core Stability, Flexibility, Basic Classical Technique, The Dancers Hip, Allegro, Spinal Mobility and Arabesques, it is suitable for anyone working closely with dancers.
- Training Turnout in Tiny Dancers: If you are dance teacher, this is the perfect continued education course for you. In this systematic and comprehensive approach to training turnout in tiny dancers, Lisa and Beverly provide dance teachers with direct techniques to use in class to safely develop optimal range and control of motion in all dance students. This program begins by establishing strength and control in parallel, before adding on the control of rotation, which is hugely important in the long term health of dancers’ hips. Using elements of fun and creative play to bring scientific and detailed training programs into dance schools is a unique and effective way to help thousands of young students worldwide.
- Anatomy Posters: These A3 posters are a great addition to the studio, to make it easy for teachers to explain the anatomy behind the movement to dance students. With clear anatomical images and descriptions of how each muscle works in a dancer, they are an essential tool for training intelligent dancers.