You can spot a ballerina a mile a way. They always carry themselves with a regal stature and a giselle like walk. Years of repetitive, consist muscle work put on body placement will do just that.
Belly in, chest lifted, long neck with a slight lift in the chin and always light on their feet. The rigorous practice is so intense that even after class they still carry themselves with elegance. Here are some ballet moves that you can try at home to ignite the tiny dancer in you. All you need is a pair of socks and a wall or chair to hold on to.
* Start facing the bar or wall with feet in first position ( heels touching and toes out) legs straight, arm by your side. Imagine you are a horse on a carasel and you have a pole going stright through the center of your body .Lift up tall through belly, chest, and neck, keeping your butt tight. Bend your knees half way in a demi plie, only as far as you can go without lifting your heels. Do that 2x then do a grande plie 2x. Resist lifting your heels until you can no longer keep them down. Keep your but tucked under to maintain the “carasel” effect with your body. Be sure to keep your knees directly over your toes. Continue to lift tall through your chest and keep your neck long.
* Repeat the same plie sequence in second position, so your heels will no longer touch. Your feet will be wide apart so that when you bend your knees at a 90 degree angle, your knees are directly over your ankels.
* Come back to first position, where your heels are touching and do another demi plie or half plie then straighten your legs and come up on to releve or high on the balls of your feet. Lift up through your entire body. Quads and but tight. Repeat 4 to 8x. Repeat in second position. When on releve bring the weight of your body towards the front of the foot or big toes,refrain from leani ng back onto the pinkies.
Starting back in first position. Bring your right foot to the back of your left leg by bending at the knee and wrapping your right inner thight out. Point the foot to keep the leg active, although most of the work will be done in the left leg. Repeating the demi plie on just the left leg, while your right leg is pointed at the calf. Remain lifting up even on the plie. Try not to sink down. Plie to releve, legs tight and chest lifted. Repeat on the right leg.
Practice these simple yet percise movements a couple times a week. Paying attention to every single movement. Take your time and be aware of your posture and try to imitate what a ballerina would do. You will start carrying yourself like a prima ballerina in no time.