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What is good posture?

5 March 2018
Author: The Place

Our very own Anna Helsby was quoted in an article about posture in today's The Guardian 'Are you sitting comfortably: the myth of good posture

“We call it alignment. It is one of the key principles in contemporary or ballet dancing,” says Anna Helsby, lecturer at London contemporary dance studio Dance in the Place. “Dance is very difficult and lots of things depend on posture. We don’t want hunched shoulders or the pelvis to swing back, because then you are not using your abdominal muscles. We use imagery: the shoulders are aligned on the top of the pelvis, the pelvis to the knees and the knees to the ankles, so everything is in a straight line. We think of a plumb line running through the body.”

Anna Helsby, Lecturer in Ballet Technique at London Contemporary Dance School.

After graduating in 1994 from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Anna performed as a soloist with the ballet company of Theater St Gallen in Switzerland and choreographed for the company's Dancer for Dancer programme. After leaving the company she worked as a freelance artist in various contemporary companies in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, as well as musicals such as Fame, Miss Saigon and Gaudi. In 2008 she gained a BA (Hons) in Humanities with History from the Open University and also gained her Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance. Before teaching for the conservatoire, Anna was The Place’s Classes and Courses manager and Acting Director of Recreational and Prevocational Dance. In summer 2014 & 2015 she certified as a teacher of Zena Rommett's Floor-Barre® technique.

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