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The Privilege of Doing What You Love - A Conversation with Sylvie Guillem

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  By Kate Feinberg Robins In a recent documentary, acclaimed dancer Sylvie Guillem, now retired from performing, shares insights on wellness, life, and a career in the arts. Beautifully filmed, with striking clips from her performance career. Here are some highlights from the interview. On the deep sense of responsibility that comes with the privilege of getting paid to do what you love: We are so lucky to do this. Very few people have the opportunity to go onstage and go in front of an audience and be treated like we are now.... We have the studio. We have the clothing. We have the pointe shoes. We have money. We get paid for that. That's a responsibility we have. ...If you don't respect the work you are doing then leave. ...It's a lack of respect for you, for the work you do, for dance, for the audience, and for the [dancers] who can't get in [to world class professional companies]. On the wellness benefits of ballet barre and Pilates:  I train because I feel good doi

To Control Your Center of Gravity - Strengthening Core Muscles

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By Kate Feinberg Robins To find your center is to control your center of gravity . The most literal meaning of "finding your center" in ballet and capoeira is to physically control your center of gravity by developing and using strong core muscles. Many of the pains, imbalances, and physical vulnerabilities that we experience in our everyday lives can be addressed by strengthening our abdominal, back, oblique, and hip muscles. Lower back pain is what first drew me (Kate) to Pilates. Many years after I had stopped training ballet professionally, I took a Pilates class and realized that my back pain was due to weak abdominals. I began to practice Pilates daily, which got my core muscles into shape and all but eliminated my back pain. I continued with low-impact Pilates throughout my pregnancy and post-partum, strengthening and rebuilding my core muscles in correct alignment after the bodily trauma of pregnancy and childbirth. If you'd like guidance in figuring out which of

Conocer y Honrar a Ti Mismo - ¿Qué Funciona para Tí?

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Por Kate Feinberg Robins Encontrar tu centro es conocer y honrar a ti mismo .  Conocer y honrar a nosotros mismos puede ser tan simple como entender qué funciona y no funciona para nosotros en nuestras rutinas diarias. Toma un momento para pensar sobre una de tus prácticas de bienestar. Podría ser capoeira, Pilates, activismo social, o cualquier otra cosa. ¿Cómo te acercas a esta práctica? ¿Qué está funcionando y qué no está funcionando? ¿Qué te hace sentir bien y qué no te hace sentir bien? ¿Hay ajustes que podrías hacer fácilmente? Recuerda que estamos siempre en flujo, y lo que nos funciona en este momento puede que no nos servirá tan bien la próxima semana o el próximo mes. ¡Deshazte de lo que ya no te sirve y deja que emerjan nuevos modos de ser!

To Know and Honor Yourself - What Works for You?

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By Kate Feinberg Robins To find your center is to know and honor yourself . Knowing and honoring ourselves can sometimes be as simple as understanding what does and doesn't work for us in our daily routines.  Take a moment to think about one of your wellness practices. It could be capoeira, Pilates, social activism, or anything else. How are you approaching it now? What's working and what's not? What feels right and what doesn't? Are there adjustments that you could easily make?  Remember that we are all in constant flux, and what works for us now might not work next week or next month. Get rid of what's no longer helping you, and let new ways of being emerge!

Lesiones de Sobreuso y Entrenamiento Cruzado

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Por Kate Feinberg Robins ¿Sabías Tú? Sobreuso es la causa más común de lesiones para bailarines entrenados en el ballet clásico. El entrenamiento de ballet da énfasis al uso de los músculos pequeños como muslos interiores, rotadores profundos de las caderas y músculos intrínsecos de los pies. Para estudiantes recreacionales del ballet, desarrollar estos músculos pequeños ayuda a mantener la estabilidad, fuerza y equilibrio mientras maduramos. Por otro lado, los bailarines de ballet con formación profesional necesitan incorporar ejercicios en la rotación interna de las caderas y la flexión plantar de los pies, además de desarrollar músculos grandes como los glúteos y cuádriceps. Este tipo de entrenamiento cruzado puede prevenir o corregir problemas de articulaciones y tendones que se acumulan a partir del sobreuso. Afortunadamente, si nos damos cuenta de estos problemas apenas inicien, y si nos acercamos a través de los ejercicios adecuados, ¡no tenemos que dejar de bailar! En Find Yo

Overuse Injuries and Cross-Training

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By Kate Feinberg Robins Did you know? Overuse is the most common cause of injury in classically trained ballet dancers. Ballet training emphasizes the use of smaller muscles such as inner thighs, deep hip rotators, and intrinsic foot muscles. For recreational ballet students, developing these smaller muscles helps maintain stability, strength, and balance as we age.  Professionally trained ballet dancers, however, need to incorporate exercises in internal hip rotation and foot plantar flexion, and to develop larger muscles such as glutes and quadriceps. This kind of cross-training can prevent or correct joint and tendon issues that accumulate from overuse. Luckily, if we catch these issues early and address them through the right exercises, we don't have to stop dancing!  At Find Your Center, we offer several forms of cross-training and personalized exercise options.  Contact Kate  to find out what kind of training package would be right for you.  Attitude Derrière Sur les Pointes

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Virtual Dance Class

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By Kate Feinberg Robins If you've never taken a movement-based class on Zoom, it can sound intimidating, and maybe even impossible. After a year and a half of teaching adult ballet, capoeira, flamenco, and Pilates on Zoom, we have a few tips to share: 1. Decide who to watch. Pin your teacher's video  to keep it large on your screen in  Speaker View . Switch to  Gallery View  to see your classmates, yourself, and your instructor at the same time. Switch back and forth as desired throughout class. ​2. Shift your position and your gaze. If your screen is small,  come close to watch , then go back to your space to try the movement. Stay close to your screen while you move if you need to follow the instructor closely. Once you understand the exercise,  look in front of you at eye level  instead of at your camera. 3. Position yourself for feedback or privacy. If you want feedback,  place your camera & yourself so your instructor can see you. If you can't make all of yourself