for Better Dance Performance
I am amazed at how many dancers are unaware of how much their
breath affects their energy level and efficiency. If you are
a dancer who finds herself out
of breath after performing, dancing with a dry mouth, experiencing anxiety before
performing, or feeling emotionally drained after a performance, read on!
Most people don't know how to breathe effectively. Most of us breathe very shallow
and high in the chest. This doesn't allow the lungs to expand fully. This doesn't
rid the body of all the carbon dioxide nor does it give us a good supply of oxygen.
also hold our breath when we concentrate or get nervous.
This brings tension into our bodies. The more tension we
have, the more shallow we breathe. It can become
a vicious circle!
worry. We all were born knowing instinctively how to breathe
well. We can learn how to do it correctly again.
If you look at babies, you will notice that they breathe slowly with
a steady rhythm. They don't hold their breath. Their bellies expand
fully. They breathe
through both nostrils. If you are not doing this naturally and easily, here
is how you can start.
- Lie down
on your back. Close your eyes and breathe naturally. Don't
do anything in particular. Just breathe through your nose
and notice the breath going in and out. Continue "watching" your
breathing until it becomes slow and soft.
you are breathing slowly and easily, count the seconds it
takes to inhale and exhale. If your inhalation takes 5 seconds,
make sure that your exhalation is also 5 seconds. Don't force
the breath. Straining will cause tension and that's what
you want to avoid as tension makes the breath higher and
faster. Go only to 70% of capacity and don't leave a gap
between breaths. In other words, don't count, 1, 2, 3, 4,
5 (pause) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Be careful not to hold your breath.
you have established a steady rhythm, you are ready to direct
your breath into your belly. Put one hand on your belly just
below your belly button and one hand on your chest. The hand
on your belly should rise every time you inhale. As you exhale,
the belly should return to normal. The hand on your chest
should always remain still. Practice this for ten minutes
a day. After a month, you should notice that you are able
to do this naturally at any time during the day without thinking
about it. You should also notice that you have more energy
during your dance, have less or no anxiety before performing,
and sweat less.
- If you
want your breath to be even more efficient, you can practice
expanding the breath so that it fills the bottom, middle,
top, and sides (where your hip bones are) of the belly. Do
this slowly. Add only one new area to your breath workout
also want to incorporate breathing into your warm up. This
ritual brings attention to the importance of your breath
and helps to center you
so that you can focus on what you are doing. Start by bringing your body
into the basic belly dance posture. Take a couple of deep breaths.
you are breathing, mentally scan your body to make sure
that you are indeed
in alignment and that no tension exists anywhere
in the body. If you notice
more weight on one side or a hip or shoulder is higher than the
other, correct it and continue scanning. If you find a
of tension, mentally let go
of it as you exhale.
scanning the body and breathing slowly until you are satisfied
that you are in alignment and
As you move into your warm up movements, coordinate
your breath with each movement so that you
exhale on the extension (moving away from the body)
and inhale on the contraction (moving toward the body). Keep the
and the movements slow and smooth. If the extension
takes five seconds, the contraction
should take five seconds. Continue to coordinate breath with movement
for a minimum of five minutes. If your warm up includes
movements that hold,
be sure to breathe through those movements. Never hold your breath.
Including breath work in your warm up should decrease
the amount of time it takes
to fully warm up the body as efficient breathing
increases vascular functioning
without increasing your heart rate.
With just a few minutes a day of breath work, you
could increase your energy level and power
while reducing your stage fright. It's such an easy
change to make with incredible benefits, so why not
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