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How to Do Arm Styling Coordination Exercises for Jazz Dance

Learn how to do arm styling coordination exercises from jazz dance expert Liz Piccoli in this Howcast dance video.


Here are some arm styling coordination exercises. We're gonna start out in a nice deep second position and plie, arms go in, elbows down, up and open. Reverse. Up, down, open and out. Then I alternate them. One arm up, both elbows down, other arm up, extend both arms out. Reverse. One arm up, elbows down, left and open.

I like to do them in a nice deep plie in second to strengthen the lower body as well as coordinate the upper body. So again I'll show you. One, two, three, four, reverse, five, six, seven, eight. One, two, three, four, reverse, five, six, seven, eight. Nice.

All right. You can also do that same arm exercises with footwork to even enhance the coordination of that. Cross, touch, cross, touch, cross, touch, cross, touch is the footwork on the bottom. The arms are the same as what I had taught you previously.

But you're gonna put them together, exciting. All right, ready? I'll show you what it looks like slow and then I'll demonstrate to music.

One, two, three, four, reverse, five, six, seven, eight. Then you're gonna move it backwards for the second part of that exercise with the left arm up. One, two, three, four, reverse, five, six, seven and eight.

It's tricky but it really enhances your students' coordination. First exercise and a nice deep plie, holding the core, left hand is fine. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, reverse. Up. Good, stretch. Let's add the footwork in there for more advanced steps.

Ready? And five, six, seven, eight, cross, touch and left arm and right arm. Very nice. All right. I'd like to show you one more advanced arm styling exercise. This one's a lot of fun. I'll let the music play.

The arm, this one hand is shaking, this jazz hand. The other arm is smooth and fluid. We're gonna do that same cross touch while using these two arm simultaneously. All right.

Work it out. Two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, reverse. Two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Now, if you can do that one you are a coordinated dancer. Good luck.

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