4. Poor stability in these slings results in difficulty maintaining a good posture in class and with movement
If children fail to crawl for very long as an infant and miss out on the natural strengthening of the muscular slings and fascial lines this may result in the anteriorly tilted, rounded tummy posture common in some children. Most youngsters will go through this posture at some point, and the majority of them naturally correct this over time, however some students appear to get stuck at this stage. Many teachers find it hard to work with children who stand in this position as they need contact correction, and lose control as soon as they start to move. Even the most dedicated young student will struggle if these naturally automatic systems are under conscious control
Lack of this sling development may also occur due to the sedentary lifestyle that many people have, and the lack of outdoor space to play in that most children have. If this sling is not well defined, the child will often tend to sit back into their knees, and slump through the upper body. They will often lack the strength and endurance needed to be able to hold a good position for any period of time, and will need constant prompting to “stand up straight!”
Some young people lack the varied physical exercise needed to develop these patterns naturally or only perform certain movement patterns in their structured dance classes. However, there are lots of ways to bring fun and engaging exercises into the studio, that will have many benefits on both cognitive and physical development.