Body Action: Extras
when dancing in high heels
Your heel clearance from the floor is also much smaller, and the stronger arch support of the shoe tends to distribute forces across the ball and heel more evenly. Both factors affect your ability to time the movement of your leg joints and detect/localise pressure changes through the soles of your feet.
shoes constitute an inclined platform, and by wearing them you are effectively
moving on a downward slope. Your body usually responds by increasing
the curvature of your lower back, tilting your hips forward, and increasing
knee flexion. This flexion robs you of a full range of movement at the
knee, thereby limiting your control over the lower body action. Reducing
the forward tilt of your pelvis by "tucking your tailbone (coccyx)
in" helps to compensate for it.
Watch the first half of the clip, where Nathan pedals before walking forward.
If you've got a fertile imagination (like me), you can almost see the spots that Nathan chooses for his foot placement. And if you've let the video play the rest of the way, you'd know that you could use this same practice for a backward walk.
the backward walk, make sure your weight is still located to the
front part of the foot at the end of the preparation stage. A common
fault is for people to let their weight drift to their heels, causing
a loss of control. This is particularly crucial if you wear heels. The
mark of a good dancer is not in the flashy turns, but in how strong
his/her backward step is.
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