Pilates@Home

Wendy Jardine shows you the Boomerang, cueing you through the move.

She has prepared the session to make it accessible to all dancers, whether you’re a beginner or advanced. You’ll tone every muscle that’s important to the dancer in this one move. The session safely builds the move, then puts the building blocks together into one beautiful flowing Boomerang!

Important Disclaimer

Please note: Some of the exercises in this series may not be appropriate for children and sedentary or older participants. Please read the following before taking part:

As with any form of physical exercise, you are taking part at your own risk, and should only do those activities that you consider safe for your own body and the space in which you are working. It is important that you understand any existing conditions you may have that may preclude you from doing any of the suggested exercises presented. If in doubt, please consult a medical expert before participating. Please make sure you have read any instructions, carefully taking note of any advice on age appropriateness or any necessary prior experience.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a suitable and safe area, free of obstacles, in which to participate. We suggest an area of at least 3 metres by 3 metres. Make sure that the floor surface is suitable to work on and that you have footwear appropriate for that surface. If you are holding onto an object for balance, please make sure that is it extremely stable. As we are working remotely, we are unable to give personal feedback.

Remember:

  • Before you begin, remember that it is vital that you warm up before and cool down after any exercise session.
  • If something hurts stop immediately! These exercises should not cause pain or discomfort. Every ‘body’ is different, and you should work within your limitations.
  • Please take things at your own pace. As this is an online activity, you can pause, stop, and restart whenever you need to. You may also modify exercises so that they do not push the extremes of your capabilities.

About Wendy Jardine

Wendy has been teaching Pilates regularly at the Royal Academy of Dance since 2009. She teaches at the summer schools and Continual Professional Development and also creates and presents courses for ballet teachers, in the principles of Pilates, so the knowledge and discipline can be used within their teaching.

Wendy has been teaching Pilates for 13 years and is trained to Master Level. She uses Pilates Contrology to empower dancers in all of their movement. This gives dancers the conscious awareness of their strengths and imbalances, and equips them with the tools to self-care, re-balance and avoid injury. They enhance and improve their strength, mobility and flexibility by knowing where every muscle is, and why each muscle group makes a move, big or small, or is a deep stabilising muscle. She cues them through moves so they not only feel and control every muscle but they find every connecting fibre, empowering flow and ease. By isolating, engaging and feeling which muscles are creating what, the dancers can consciously call upon them in their training and performance, which takes their work to another level. Within her sessions, which flow from one move to another, the dancers learn how to use their breath to connect, stabilise and release. Using breath enriches dance in many ways, from interpretation to exam technique and is also deeply calming.

When Wendy is not at the RAD, she teaches in her West Dulwich studios. She also has an extensive library of Pilates sessions for students on her website  www.pilates-instructor.net.