Focus on Freestyle: Feet

Hands and feet are really important to expressing yourself as you dance. For today’s focus on freestyle, I want to discuss feet.

 

The most obvious thing to check is whether or not you are pointing your toes, but I think a better starting point is to make sure you are taking care of your feet consistently. Massage them, roll them over tennis balls every so often, wear good shoes, and make sure that you incorporate foot exercises and stretches into your training. For more about foot cramps, check out a previous post I wrote here.

 

Once you have this base of foot care down, check in with your feet as you dance. See whether they feel rigid or elastic. Feel where you carry your weight and how you move through your feet as you move around the floor.

 

Keep in mind that you can use your feet to express your story. You can drag your toes, stomp the ground, caress the ground, flex the feet on the beat of the music, and otherwise use your feet to tell your story or express your character.

 

If you are wearing heels, you want to make sure that your foot is pointed while your toes remain spread apart and relaxed. This will increase your balance in heels.

in heels your foot should point but your toes should remain soft. Barefoot, you should point your feet and your toes.

in heels your foot should point but your toes should remain soft. Barefoot, you should point your feet and your toes.

 

If you are barefoot, you want to make sure that your feet are pointed, including your toes. Don’t curl your toes though, make sure they are making a line all the way up your leg. You should also make sure that the foot doesn’t “sickle” inwards. Again, the key is to be in line with the leg.

 

Check in with your climbs to make sure your feet are pointed as you climb- this is one place where people tend to be sloppy (especially me!). Also check in with each pole and floor movement you do- stop for a moment and make sure that your toes are pointed.

Further Resources:

http://www.danceadvantage.net/2013/01/10/meet-your-feet-part-1/

http://www.danceclass.com/point-your-foot.html

If you are barefoot, check in with each move to make sure you are pointing your toes, like this.

If you are barefoot, check in with each move to make sure you are pointing your toes, like this.

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