Minute Masterclass Episode 130
Welcome to your one-minute masterclass. I’m Andrea Trench, founder of DiscoverDance and creator of the Foundations Course for Early Childhood Dance Educators and the DiscoverDance Experience Membership. Today, we are exploring the fifth pattern of the BrainDance: upper/lower. This pattern includes stabilizing the lower half of our body while we move the upper half, and then stabilizing the upper half of the body while we move the lower half. Repeating this pattern helps develop our upper and lower body coordination. This coordination is what helps us keep our hands on our hips while we ballet run, or to use our port de bras as we perform a grande allegro across the floor.
In the upper/lower body pattern, we can shake our arms while our legs are criss-crossed and not moving. We can then glue our hands to the floor while we kick our legs. For another example, we can perform our ballet arm positions while our lower body remains still in first position. We then perform our plié/relevés with our hands on our hips. Repeating this pattern three or four times in our classes each week is all we need before moving on to the next pattern. For more information, to enroll in the Foundations Course or join the DiscoverDance Experience, visit DiscoverDance.com.