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How the Gyrotonic Method Enhances Dance Performance

January 13, 2016
how the gyrotonic method enhances dance performance

Gyrotonic [Exercise] has been the perfect addition in my training and performance as a dancer after battling with injuries for years and trying different kinds of crosstraining. Gyrotonic[Exercise] helped me understand where my movement starts and what parts of my body should be working less (with less tension) and which ones I was ignoring. Every Gyrotonic session gives me valuable information about my body, but also makes me trust it more. The body knows how to work efficiently if we listen to it and follow the nature of the movement, Gyrotonic[Exercise] is the perfect way to reconnect and strengthen your body.

– Maria, Ballet/ Contemporary Dancer, Pilates Instructor

how the gyrotonic method enhanced my performance skills

What’s generally needed to enhance dance performance?

Technical ability/understanding

Healthy psychological levels

Neuromuscular coordination

Imagery skills

Musicality/Rhythm

Artistry/Expression

Athleticism

A sense of playfulness

how the gyrotonic method enhances dance performance

What does the GYROTONIC® Method focus on?

  • Neuromuscular coordination
  • Breathing patterns for optimal expansion and contraction
  • Maintaining less effort for more power and increased flexibility
  • Postural and movement alignment
  • Movement intention
  • Relating movement to everyday things, places, and objects
  • Whole body awareness
  • Mind-body connection
  • Rhythm and playfulness

how the gyrotonic method enhances dance performance

How does the GYROTONIC® Method enhance dance performance?

  • Firstly, the method’s movement intention and philosophy is parallel, if not the same, to dance training and most movement.
  • The body is viewed as a functional instrument that is beyond aesthetics.
  • You have to accept and be honest with your own anatomical make up and eliminate the need to imitate someone else’s (e.g. flexibility, turnout).
  • It improves both postural alignment and alignment during movement by increasing awareness.
  • It emphasizes using necessary effort to avoid working ‘too hard’, mentally and physically.
  • Thus, it helps the body to exert an effective amount of energy for longer lasting power.
  • It helps to overcome old habits that previously increased injuries, aches and pains, even mental barriers.
  • It helps one to take risks safely, explore movements fully, oh, and HAVE FUN!
A dancers’ performance skills could be broken down even further to elements such as self-esteem, cognitive learning, goal setting, fitness, and dieting. While performance enhancement needs further research within the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis community, let alone the dance community, this barrier could be broken by reporting more experiences, more case studies, and relate findings to existing movement and sports research.

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5 Reasons Dancers Should Take the Gyrotonic Method

April 13, 2015

Here are 5 key reasons why all dancers should work with the GYROTONIC®, regardless of their discipline.

As a classical ballet and contemporary dancer, with almost 18+ years under my belt (started super young like most of us), I thought it would be a great idea to share with all the dancers out there what my favorite benefits of GYROTONIC® are to helping your craft. Whether you’re a professional or just a casual taker of class, GYROTONIC® has some real positives for you. I’ve also included a really informative video at the end.

  1. Opening of the Hips (A.K.A. an easier turnout)

We all know forcing turnout isn’t great when trying to maximally achieve a desired position. The Gyrotonic Method helps you to find the correct initiation of turnout (top of the hips). Gyrotonic exercises work in both parallel and turned out which helps the body to further it’s potential of correct use. Not only is this good for performance but it’ll basically help you survive in the long run.

  1. To Move from the ‘Centre’

Gyrotonic is great for the core (abdominals and pelvic floor). There are many exercises that adhere to both strength and keeping your movement coming from the centre, or ‘seed centre’ as it’s called in this method. This is important because there is less strain on the rest of the body and the joints.

  1. Spreading the Toes

When I’m teaching dancers how to make use of Gyrotonic during class or even warming up, one of the biggest benefits is keeping the toes wide. Whether you’re en pointe or doing floor work, keeping the ankles heathy with Gyrotonic exercise and homework for warming up reduces the risk of injury and improves strength in the feet.

  1. Less Effort, More Power

You know that feeling of heaviness during or after class/ a performance? This is because we’re using way too much effort. Gyrotonic helps me to lengthen my muscles by using only what’s necessary. Therefore, I’m able to avoid overuse which enhances my performance (making me feel like a lean, mean, dancing machine).

  1. Use of Breath

One of the issues I see with dancers, particularly when learning complex phases, is remembering to breath properly. Gyrotonic focuses heavily on using the rhythm of the breath with movement. This means you’re able to use only the muscles you need to maintain fluidity.

Overall as a dancer and Gyrotonic instructor, I always make of use these benefits interchangeably both inside and outside the classroom. There are many more benefits, depending on they type of dancer you are and your needs. Most importantly, Gyrotonic can help you reduce or even prevent injury which is necessary for the length of your career.

I’d love to hear your comments on the above.

In the meantime, check out this great video from To-The-Pointe.Org on ‘Gyrotonic and Ballet’ with dancer, Adriana Suarez.

xo