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Highland - Teachers Only
By TwinkleToes1007 Comments: 122, member since Thu Jul 23, 2009
On Mon May 04, 2015 11:08 AM

Im looking for some ideas to help get my premier champ level dancers stronger need ideas for stamina and exercises for strength ii have good techincal dancers but they need some umph! tia

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re: Strengthening
By hummingbird Comments: 10414, member since Mon Apr 18, 2005
On Mon May 04, 2015 12:37 PM
Get them to run through their dances twice without stopping, that one never fails to build up stamina.
re: Strengthening
By punkqueeniemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1345, member since Tue Dec 17, 2002
On Mon May 04, 2015 05:33 PM
Best thing for stamina is jumping rope. Way less wear and tear and impact than doing dances multiple times through.
re: Strengthening
By highland_dancer5 Comments: 217, member since Mon Mar 10, 2014
On Mon May 04, 2015 07:50 PM
Skipping rope and squats!! Also doing marathon dances like 16 step flings :)
re: Strengthening
By DancrColleen Comments: 24, member since Sat Jan 02, 2010
On Tue Jun 16, 2015 05:47 AM
We like to do aerobics exercises mixed with pilates.Really helps!
re: Strengthening
By CompactDiscomember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1076, member since Fri Aug 29, 2008
On Fri Jun 26, 2015 09:43 PM
The best thing to strengthen for Highland is Highland, as my teacher always says. First step of the Sword two or three times, 100 highcuts, 100 backsteps, 100 pas de basques... The most important thing with this is ensuring that the technique doesn't slide or you're strengthening the wrong muscles. Doing 10 good high cuts is better than 90 without proper turnout or elevation. That said, building up to 100 was how I got my highcuts the way they are now.