Hip Pops Out

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I have a thirteen yr old female student whose right side hip pops in and out while dancing. She says particularly when she tries to turn out more. What advice or solutions can I give her? Sincerely, Tasha

As long as there is no ache in the course of the hip pop - I would suspect a muscular imbalance to how she is creating her turnout. The first logical place to test is the tightness of her hip flexors, particularly the iliopsoas. Try having her spend some time stretching the iliopsoas then see if she feels extra hip freedom and less hip popping when she begins dancing. If that's the case - then encourage her to do the standing lunge or the runners lunge in between exercises or when she is waiting to move throughout the floor.

Here's a image of a sitting and hanging stretch for the hip flexors. It's also possible to do a standing stretch as well as a runners lunge.

My query is a simple one. Is a girl of 32 years too outdated to start dancing? Im bodily fairly fit and strong. Nonetheless, I do know that being fit and in a position to do an hour exercise class isnt the same as being physically fit for dance. The type of dancing that Im referring to is modern/contemporary dance. I started taking courses just a few months in the past when I realized that it was dance that I wished to pursue-I do know, it took me a while. I also discover that every time I do any kind of dancing, I discover myself drawn to ballet type actions: Im all the time on my toes, Im all the time doing leaps-even before I ever noticed these movements being performed. Are these movements typically present in modern/contemporary dance methods? Also, does it matter that I look quite younger? Though I dont assume that me looking younger matters, I do look as if Im in my early twenties. How much does age matter in this world? And final but not the least, what is a good stretching exercise to be able to obtain an excellent side leg lift? Thank you, and I look forward to listening from you. Nicole

The straightforward reply to your query about age and dancing is NO - it is by no means too outdated to commence dancing! There is a lot analysis that's being carried out on how exercise can reverse the aging process, even if you begin in the latter decades of your life. Dance is a good selection for many because it focuses on building power and flexibility.

How much does age matter is an interesting question. To cite Jack Benny, Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you dont mind, it doesnt matter. I'll admit to generally feeling that more mature dancers are extra interesting to watch. For me athleticism without that special spark or connection is not as engaging. Mature dancers have more to do with life experience than age in years. What I know is our bodies as well as our brains are plastic, meaning there is constant change going on. If dancing brings you happiness and joy - then it is doing good things for you!

So far as your question about good stretching workout routines to attain a side leg lift I might focus on stretching the hamstring muscular tissues in the back of the leg from the standing position.


Have an exquisite weekend!

Deborah
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Deborah Vogel is a dancer, author, and master teacher who conducts workshops for teachers as well as student and professional dancers. Her numerous articles on dance technique and injury prevention have appeared in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, and Pointe Magazines. During her years in NYC she co-founded the Center for Dance Medicine with Dr. Richard Bachrach. Currently she is on faculty at Oberlin College and the OC Conservatory of Music.

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This article was published on 2010/10/28