A student told me once:
„YOU use your upper body a lot, when you dance!
And MY upper body looks stiff!
I should work on my flexibility and stretch more.“
This made me smile at first, because my upper back is the stiffest part of my body. lol
But let’s take a second and clear up a common misconception – the difference between flexibility and mobility.
You could be flexible in certain poses, but limited in your range of motion (ROM), when it comes to functional movements. Also, you don’t need to be extraordinary flexible to have a great mobility.
Flexibility is important for a lot of pole shapes. But when it comes to flow and dance expression, actively using your FULL range of motion makes all the difference.
So, where does my upper body expression come from?
In my case, it’s from the most classic dance exercise – chest isolations. Despite my relatively stiff upper back, I learned how to activate new muscles and use a bigger ROM in that area, thanks to isolation exercises.
I’m sure that they’ll be helpful for you too.
In today’s tutorial I’ll help you tune into parts of your body that you’re usually „forgetting“, when you’re dancing. And we’re going to turn these sexy moves into a beautiful, sensual choreography.
If you want to look expressive and still feel sexy in your dance, this is your tutorial.
To find out how much your chest affects your expression, simply try the exercises from this tutorial and make a Before and After video. You can use the same choreography or another routine/freestyle and focus on your chest and upper body.