Of all the spinal sections, the thoracic vertebrae are least capable of movement, however it is exceedingly important to the movements of dance. Lauren of Art Intercepts teaches us about the thoracic spine, its function, and gives an exercise to stretch and strengthen this area of the back for movement and greater aplomb.
Kimene Slattery-Ching is a Queensland based award winning dance photographer offering on site, on location, or in studio dance portfolios for dancers. She is a former dancer and maintains a keen interest in rehabilitative – expressive dance movement, Kimene has also turned to her camera to combine her two loves – dance and photography. This photo dramatically depicts a ballet dancer in blue and white chiffon, arching her back against the billowing fabric.
The way that a dancer carries his/her head, the length of the neck, and the position of the chin, are pivotal to the overall appearance of grace and poise so necessary in dance. Understand the cervical spine and how it functions to project self-confidence, and improve common mistakes in cambré and carriage of the head.