As a dance instructor, one of my greatest challenges is getting students to understand the concept of fully stretching and engaging their knees.

Heightened awareness of placement and alignment starts with floor work. Take time and make sure students are fully stretching and lengthening their legs in floor stretches. This will help students engage their technique when standing. Often, I walk around to each student so they may feel the stretched line.

For standing¬†movements (leaps, turns, acrobatic skills, etc.), encourage your students to be hyper aware of stretching and lengthening their lines. When a knee isn’t fully stretched, point it out. Ask students to watch their skill in the mirror (if possible) or record it for documentation and review. Many times, students feel like they are executing a fully stretched line, and if they are not, they need guidance and tips to successfully execute the proper placement.

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