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If you are looking to improve your handstand skills, then look no further!
Here are DFJW’s 5 top tips to improve your handstand.
One of the most important things to remember is to engage your core and abdominal muscles. This will ensure you keep your spine straight which can help you hold the handstand shape for longer. It is much harder to hold a handstand with a slumped back, but it is a very common mistake. Before you practice handstands take a second to do some sit-ups, plank holds, and V-snaps.
Before you kick up, practice hugging your shoulders to your ears. Then, when you are in the handstand try to recreate this shape. Tight shoulders will help to keep you stable while upside down. Many dancers forget this step and sink down through the shoulders, which in turn can create a slouchy spine.
Start in a ball pose and then practise transferring the weight into the hands and kicking the feet up into a tuck shape. Ensure that you land on your feet, not your knees! Aim for a straight line from the wrists, to the shoulders, to the hips.
When you are upside down, make sure your wrists are square: fingers facing forward. Make sure that the fingers are spread wide so you are able to grip onto the floor and assist yourself in balancing. Also ensure that you are leaning forward into your fingers and not back on the heel of the hand/wrists as this will pull you down.
Finally, when you are upside down make sure to snap your legs together. Don’t let them wobble around in the air as this is just going to throw you off balance. Ensure that you land on the same foot you kicked off from and don’t scissor/switch your legs as this too can throw off your balance.
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