Essentials Here you’ll find extracts from all the classes, breaking down the key moves. Walking circles and Kenyas Isolations Travelling hip drops Camels The Jewel Egyptian Walks Omis Arabesques Backstep (Randa step) 24 thoughts on “Essentials” Susan Seymour January 21, 2020 at 10:29 am Hi Charlotte – I’ve just noticed that there is no option to comment in the Extras section, not that I have anything to contribute just yet. It may be deliberate but just in case, thought I’d let you know. Also wondering, without adding to your workload, is there any possibility of having comments flagged up so we know when and where they occur? It’s interesting to see what others have to say about the lessons. Love that I can get around from any page to any other page via the Navigator, great planning. Thank you. x Log in to Reply Charlotte January 21, 2020 at 10:47 am Hi Sue, I just enabled comments under each individual lesson, rather than the ‘portal’ page, because I thought that would be where people might want to comment. But actually it’s probably a nice idea to have them on the portal page for the extras section so people can ask for particular things to be taught. I’ll get that done now and thank you ? Log in to Reply Susan Seymour January 21, 2020 at 11:06 am Thanks Charlotte. I received an email from you just now but I can’t reply – odd. My answer was that I couldn’t see anywhere to be able to change those settings, only to change details and payment etc. Log in to Reply Emma Wheate-Price February 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm Charlotte the “kenya” isn’t a move I really use – it’s nice, are layering a slight undulation as you step & release the opposite foot? Hope that makes sense….! Log in to Reply Charlotte February 15, 2020 at 4:45 pm Hi Emma, yes I am. I’m pulling the belly in when my foot comes across and then releasing it when I step, so it creates an undulation. I also lift the ribcage at the end which accentuates it a bit more x Log in to Reply Glennis Larum February 15, 2020 at 8:21 pm Hi Charlotte, sometime in the course could you cover Omi’s , i see some really beautiful ones done , small ,neat and quick, ive never had a proper explanation of the mechanics of it , im still struggling with numb abs after my hysterectomy last year but slowly getting my camels back again, so at least if i see the proper technique , i can still have a good stab at doing them Log in to Reply Glennis Larum February 20, 2020 at 6:45 pm Thank you Charlotte, that helped clear up the technique needed, no wonder i had problems i had been taught to think about my actual pelvis , i gave up trying to make heaving a large bone around at different points and just went with the moving the legs like in your beginner style, its going to take some work to get my abs to comply again but im determined to get it right Log in to Reply Charlotte February 21, 2020 at 7:38 pm Blimey I’ve just tried that and, as you say it feels really heavy! And not very safe for your back either… If you’ve had abdominal surgery it might take a while for your abs to comply (if ever) but you can concentrate more on the obliques and also see if you can feel the psoas and get that engagin. Both of those should hopefully still be working… Log in to Reply Linda Salt-Berrymen March 4, 2020 at 6:21 pm I tried the jewel and omis video’s, love the technical advice re the muscles to use. I will be working on perfecting these. Log in to Reply Charlotte March 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm Thank you so much for your comment Linda – I’m really glad the advice was helpful! xx Log in to Reply Henri Lewis March 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm Always thought of Omi’s as an internal hip circle using either glutes or obliques or a combo of both. Going to try and find my psoas now! Log in to Reply Charlotte March 5, 2020 at 4:40 pm I guess you could use your obliques, but the psoas is the muscle that directly moves the pelvis so it makes more sense to me… but I think we need to avoid using the glutes too much as it sets dancers up for having periformis syndrome, which is a literal pain in the bum ? Log in to Reply Emma Wheate-Price March 9, 2020 at 4:19 pm Love the omi/umi (!) video thank you – I know how to do them but always like to hear how other people “teach” them for if it helps for when I am teaching them to think about it from a different angle. And I am so glad you mentioned about preference in direction as I will ALWAYS favour omi-ing clockwise!! 🙂 Log in to Reply Charlotte March 9, 2020 at 7:05 pm Yes, I’m like you – always looking for new ways of teaching a move in the hope I can help someone get that ‘aha’ moment… As for the omi directions, it’s a nightmare when you’re choroegraphing for a group – there’s always 50% of them unhappy!! Log in to Reply Kana Arnold March 15, 2020 at 7:59 am Hi Charlotte, thanks for these videos – I love Omi one as I was taught the way using glues and when I tried using psoas, I felt it more natural and smoother. The Arabesques video – it looks it was cut off at the end (3:09 mins long). Have I watched the full length or is there any technical issue? Log in to Reply Charlotte March 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm Hi Kana, I’m really glad you like the omi technique and found it helpful. The arabesque video is cut out of the main class and so it does end abruptly, but I’ll do a better video specifically on the subject of arabesques x Log in to Reply Kana Arnold March 17, 2020 at 9:07 pm That’s great thanks Charlotte xx Log in to Reply Charlotte March 20, 2020 at 3:18 pm Hi Kana, the new arabesque video is up now, I hope you enjoy it! Log in to Reply Pauline Lines March 21, 2020 at 11:29 am Hi Charlotte Loving the Arabesques…. especially the last one that you learnt 15 years ago. I am hoping it might fit into my choreography somewhere. I will let you know and when l get to that part will send you a video. Still working on the first part though….promise ? Log in to Reply Charlotte April 20, 2020 at 5:19 pm Hi Pauline, I’m so glad you enjoyed the arabesques and I look forward to seeing them! Log in to Reply Stephanie Bassett March 26, 2020 at 10:43 am Hi Charlotte. Thank you for your arabesque lesson. I tried going over the first technique with my pilates teacher – an ex principal dancer at ENB (brave I know!). All she said was “make the floor your friend”. I’m not quite sure what she meant but I guess it’s the pushing down on the floor as you go up with the standing leg? Log in to Reply Charlotte April 20, 2020 at 5:18 pm Hi Stephanie, I’m so sorry I’ve only just noticed your comment… Yes, your pilates teacher is indeed meaning to push down on the floor as you go up on the standing leg. But you don’t want to just push down, you also want to pull up in the core (lower abs) at the same time. That creates a core of steel from the floor to your torso and right up through your body and gives you strength and stability. Log in to Reply Emma Wheate-Price May 5, 2020 at 11:57 am Hi Charlotte finally got round to watching the arabesque video thank you – some great tips for foot placement. I actually love using the backward step arabesque it usually features in most of my solos at some point! I just love how graceful it is! Log in to Reply Charlotte May 5, 2020 at 12:16 pm Ahhhh I’m so glad that someone is still doing them!! xx Log in to Reply Add any questions or comments here: Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. 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