WHY CAN’T I BALANCE?
Dancing without balance is impossible; they go hand and hand. But what happens when the ability to balance seems like a constant struggle to achieve? It probably means the ability to maintain your body’s center of gravity is off. See, balance is achieved through the motor system (muscles, joints, and tendons), visual system (signals from eyes to brain), and the vestibular system (inner ear). Often times we think balance means remaining in complete stillness. However, that isn’t the case. It’s actually being able to have the body continually make subtle adjustments. In dance, quick changes of the body—through hips, knees, ankles, feet, etc.—requires good balance in order to make smooth transitions from one move to the next.
If your equilibrium and balance is off, it becomes easy to fall and misstep especially in jumps and turns. Focusing on strengthening the core and mid and lower-back muscles is a great place to start in developing balance because it can aid in helping to gain control over the movements of your body. Posture is also key in maintaining proper balance in dance. Maybe begin by simply paying attention to how you sit in a chair. Are you slouching, or are you sitting with your back straight?
If you feel your balance could use an overhaul, set up an appointment with Movement Dynamic. Learn how to strengthen your core, back, and other pertinent muscles in a way that will be beneficial to your dancing.