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Here are some wintry animals reminding you to have a nice day and please take care of yourself because you are lovely!

We’re big fans of self-care.

I will reblog this every time it pops up on my dash!

This legitimately just reminded me that I need to take my medication thank you kind animals

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IF YOU SEE THIS ALERT WHEN YOU ENTER A BLOG, DON’T WRITE ANYTHING! IT’S PHISHING TO COLLECT YOUR PASSWORD. I KNOW IT’S ANNOYING TO ASK BUT PLEASE RE-BLOG THIS. MANY PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT! PLEASE, LET’S SAVE THIS COMMUNITY!


Always good to spread the warning.

Good to know!

There we go.

Please reblog.

I must protect my followers!

step-on-me-satsuki:

shad0wman1:

duckymomoisme:

ironbloodaika:

beefalotoons:

cumobsessed:

kisscuddlencock:

IF YOU SEE THIS ALERT WHEN YOU ENTER A BLOG, DON’T WRITE ANYTHING! IT’S PHISHING TO COLLECT YOUR PASSWORD. I KNOW IT’S ANNOYING TO ASK BUT PLEASE RE-BLOG THIS. MANY PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT! PLEASE, LET’S SAVE THIS COMMUNITY!

Always good to spread the warning.

Good to know!

There we go.

Please reblog.

I must protect my followers!

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thefitally:

princeofbellehair:

diaemyung:

irresistiblyable:

reachingmyweightlossgoal:

dude-its-liz:

PLEASE Share this!!!WRITTEN BY A COP: Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one’s life. In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation… This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, & everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do :The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you… Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.DON’T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head,and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR ,LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE..If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat:DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:A.) Be aware:look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor ,and in the back seat.B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the womenare attempting to get into their cars. C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side.. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then,it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked ‘for help’ into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was lateand she thought it was weird.. The police told her ‘Whatever you do, DO NOTopen the door..’ The lady then said that it sounded like the babyhad crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, ‘We already have a unit on the way,whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.’ He told her that they think a serial killerhas a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night.10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors! Please pass this onThis post should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America ‘s Most Wanted when they profiledthe serial killer in LouisianaI’d like you to forward this to all the women you know.It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle..I was going to send this to the ladies only,but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc.,you may want to pass it onto them, as well.Send this to any woman you know that may needto be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in itand it’s better to be safe than sorry..Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life ora loved one’s life.

I’m putting this to all my followers not just female…

Be safe everyone

Always be careful guys. Safe first!

I reblog this every time I see it, you never know when you’ll need this information.

this is scary that i need to worry about these things, but they are good tips. pass it along

thefitally:

princeofbellehair:

diaemyung:

irresistiblyable:

reachingmyweightlossgoal:

dude-its-liz:

PLEASE Share this!!!

WRITTEN BY A COP: Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one’s life. In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation… This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, & everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do :The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,
DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you… Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.
RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.
DON’T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head,
and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR ,
LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE..

If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat:
DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware:look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor ,
and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.
Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women
are attempting to get into their cars. C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side.. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then,
it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked ‘for help’ into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late
and she thought it was weird.. The police told her ‘Whatever you do, DO NOT
open the door..’ The lady then said that it sounded like the baby
had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, ‘We already have a unit on the way,
whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.’ He told her that they think a serial killer
has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night.

10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.

Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors! Please pass this on
This post should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America ‘s Most Wanted when they profiled
the serial killer in Louisiana

I’d like you to forward this to all the women you know.
It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle..
I was going to send this to the ladies only,
but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc.,
you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

Send this to any woman you know that may need
to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it
and it’s better to be safe than sorry..
Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or
a loved one’s life.

I’m putting this to all my followers not just female…

Be safe everyone

Always be careful guys. Safe first!

I reblog this every time I see it, you never know when you’ll need this information.

this is scary that i need to worry about these things, but they are good tips. pass it along

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stophatingyourbody:

The picture on the left was 2 years ago.
The picture on the right was 2 weeks ago.
I remember thinking I was happy when the picture on the left was taken. I thought I had a lot since I was skinny. I could wear tiny clothes and I was beautiful because I was skinny. But the truth is, I was not happy. I was completely isolated in my own world of running and eating as little as possible. I had no friends. I was hungry and sad and tired. Being skinny wasn’t happy and fun - skinny was not being able to go on waterslides because my spine was bony and it hurt, skinny was not being able to sleep on my side because my knee bones pressed together, skinny was my hair was thin and brittle, my nails were flaky, I was cold all the time, skinny was staying up late at night thinking about food because I was so hungry. 
Two years of recovery later, including gaining weight, I can say that I am HAPPY. It is a long path of ups and downs and relapse; some days are self-love and some, not so much. But I am happy and I am healthy and I eat everyday and I have energy to do all the things I love! I surround myself with other happy and healthy people. I enjoy food and company and I enjoy living. 
I love myself. I am proud of myself. I am strong, happy, and healthy. Everyone deserves to feel these things - everyone is beautiful in the body that makes them feel happy and allows them to do the things they enjoy and love life! Please go out each day and find something great in life and enjoy food and love yourself - you have one amazing life to live, so you might as well live it happy!!:)
BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

stophatingyourbody:

The picture on the left was 2 years ago.

The picture on the right was 2 weeks ago.

I remember thinking I was happy when the picture on the left was taken. I thought I had a lot since I was skinny. I could wear tiny clothes and I was beautiful because I was skinny. But the truth is, I was not happy. I was completely isolated in my own world of running and eating as little as possible. I had no friends. I was hungry and sad and tired. Being skinny wasn’t happy and fun - skinny was not being able to go on waterslides because my spine was bony and it hurt, skinny was not being able to sleep on my side because my knee bones pressed together, skinny was my hair was thin and brittle, my nails were flaky, I was cold all the time, skinny was staying up late at night thinking about food because I was so hungry

Two years of recovery later, including gaining weight, I can say that I am HAPPY. It is a long path of ups and downs and relapse; some days are self-love and some, not so much. But I am happy and I am healthy and I eat everyday and I have energy to do all the things I love! I surround myself with other happy and healthy people. I enjoy food and company and I enjoy living

I love myself. I am proud of myself. I am strong, happy, and healthy. Everyone deserves to feel these things - everyone is beautiful in the body that makes them feel happy and allows them to do the things they enjoy and love life! Please go out each day and find something great in life and enjoy food and love yourself - you have one amazing life to live, so you might as well live it happy!!:)

BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

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perfect-disaster97:

bert-macklen-fbi:

ogrin:

takshammy:

Soooooo satisfying

THERES NOTHING SATISFYING ABOUT THIS

I LITERALLY   JUST TWITCHED WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS

I literally just gasped in horror, I hate you.

Why would you fucking do that!?


I have goosebumps. This is torture

holajoe:

perfect-disaster97:

bert-macklen-fbi:

ogrin:

takshammy:

Soooooo satisfying

THERES NOTHING SATISFYING ABOUT THIS

I LITERALLY   JUST TWITCHED WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS

I literally just gasped in horror, I hate you.

Why would you fucking do that!?

I have goosebumps. This is torture

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100 Reasons NOT To Kill Yourself

1. We would miss you.
2. It’s not worth the regret. Either by yourself if you failed or just simply left scars, or the regret everyone else feels by not doing enough to help you.
3. It does get better. Believe it or not it will eventually get better. Sometimes you have to go through the storm to get to the rainbow.
4. There’s so much you would miss out on doing.
5. There is always a reason to live. It might not be clear right now, but it is always there.
6. So many people care, and it would hurt them if you hurt yourself.
7. You ARE worth it. Don’t let anyone, especially yourself, tell you otherwise.
8. You are amazing.
9. A time will come, once you’ve battled the toughest times of your life and are in ease once again, where you will be so glad that you decided to keep on living. You will emerge stronger from this all, and won’t regret your choice to carry on with life. Because things always get better.
10. What about all the things you’ve always wanted to do? What about the things you’ve planned, but never got around to doing? You can’t do them when you’re dead.
11. I love you. Even if only one person loves you, that’s still a reason to stay alive.
12. You won’t be able to listen to music if you die.
13. Killing yourself is never worth it. You’ll hurt both yourself and all the people you care about.
14. There are so many people that would miss you, including me.
15. You’re preventing a future generation, YOUR KIDS, from even being born.
16. How do you think your family would feel? Would it improve their lives if you died?
17. You’re gorgeous, amazing, and to someone you are perfect.
18. Think about your favourite music artist, you’ll never hear their voice again…
19. You’ll never have the feeling of walking into a warm building on a cold day
20. Listening to incredibly loud music
21. Being alive is just really good.
22. Not being alive is really bad.
23. Finding your soulmate.
24. Red pandas
25. Going to diners at three in the morning.
26. Really soft pillows.
27. Eating pizza in New York City.
28. Proving people wrong with your success.
29. Watching the jerks that doubted you fail at life.
30. Seeing someone trip over a garbage can.
31. Being able to help other people.
32. Bonfires.
33. Sitting on rooftops.
34. Seeing every single country in the world.
35. Going on roadtrips.
36. You might win the lottery someday.
37. Listening to music on a record player.
38. Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
39. Taking really cool pictures.
40. Literally meeting thousands of new people.
41. Hearing crazy stories.
42. Telling crazy stories.
43. Eating ice cream on a hot day.
44. More Harry Potter books could come out, you never know.
45. Travelling to another planet someday.
46. Having an underwater house.
47. Randomly running into your hero on the street.
48. Having your own room at a fancy hotel.
49. Trampolines.
50. Think about your favourite movie, you’ll never watch it again.
51. Think about the feeling of laughing out loud in a public place because your best friend has just sent you an inside joke,
52. Your survival will make the world better, even if it’s for just one person or 20 or 100 or more.
53. People do care.
54. Treehouses
55. Hanging out with your soul mate in a treehouse
55. Snorting when you laugh and not caring who sees
56. I don’t even know you and I love you.
57. I don’t even know you and I care about you.
58. Because nobody is going to be like you ever, so embrace your uniqueness!
59. You won’t be here to experience the first cat world emperor.
60. WHAT ABOUT FOOD?! YOU’LL MISS CHOCOLATE AND ALL THE OTHER NOM THINGS!
61. Starbucks.
62. Hugs.
63. Stargazing.
64. You have a purpose, and it’s up to you to find out what it is.
65. You’ve changed somebody’s life.
66. Now you could change the world.
67. You will meet the person that’s perfect for you.
68. No matter how much or how little, you have your life ahead of you.
69. You have the chance to save somebody’s life.
70. If you end your life, you’re stopping yourself from achieving great things.
71. Making snow angels.
72. Making snowmen.
73. Snowball fights.
74. Life is what you make of it.
75. Everybody has a talent.
76. Laughing until you cry.
77. Having the ability to be sad means you have the ability to be happy.
78. The world would not be the same if you didn’t exist.
79. Its possible to turn frowns, upside down
80. Be yourself, don’t take anyone’s shit, and never let them take you alive.
81. Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary. Be your own hero.
82. Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
83. One day your smile will be real.
84. Having a really hot, relaxing bath after a stressful day.
85. Lying on grass and laughing at the clouds.
86. Getting completely smashed with your best friends.
87. Eating crazy food.
88. Staying up all night watching your favourite films with a loved one.
89. Sleeping in all day.
90. Creating something you’re proud of.
91. You can look back on yourself 70 years later and being proud you didn’t commit
92. Being able to meet your Internet friends.
93. Tea / Coffee / Hot Chocolate
94. Sherlock season three.
95. Cuddling under the stars.
96. Being stupid in public because you just can.
97. If you are reading this then you are alive! Is there any more reason to smile?
98. being able to hug that one person you havent seen in years
99. People care enough about you and your future to come up with 100 reasons for you not to do this.
100. But, the final and most important one is, just, being able to experience life. Because even if your life doesn’t seem so great right now, literally anything could happen
IF that isn’t enough:
Depression Hotline:1-630-482-9696
Suicide Hotline:1-800-784-8433
LifeLine:1-800-273-8255
Trevor Project:1-866-488-7386
Sexuality Support:1-800-246-7743
Eating Disorders Hotline:1-847-831-3438
Rape and Sexual Assault:1-800-656-4673
Grief Support:1-650-321-5272
Runaway:1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000
Exhale:After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253
Child Abuse:1-800-422-4453
UK Helplines:
Samaritans (for any problem):08457909090 e-mail jo@samaritans.org
Childline (for anyone under 18 with any problem):08001111
Mind infoline (mental health information):0300 123 3393 e-mail: info@mind.org.uk
Mind legal advice (for people who need mental-health related legal advice):0300 466 6463 legal@mind.org.uk
b-eat eating disorder support:0845 634 14 14 (only open Mon-Fri 10.30am-8.30pm and Saturday 1pm-4.30pm) e-mail: help@b-eat.co.uk
b-eat youthline (for under 25’s with eating disorders):08456347650 (open Mon-Fri 4.30pm - 8.30pm, Saturday 1pm-4.30pm)
Cruse Bereavement Care:08444779400 e-mail: helpline@cruse.org.uk
Frank (information and advice on drugs):0800776600
Drinkline:0800 9178282
Rape Crisis England & Wales:0808 802 9999 1(open 2 - 2.30pm 7 - 9.30pm) e-mail info@rapecrisis.org.uk
Rape Crisis Scotland:08088 01 03 02 every day, 6pm to midnight
India Self Harm Hotline:00 08001006614
India Suicide Helpline:022-27546669
Kids Help Phone (Canada):1-800-668-6868, Free and available 24/7
suicide hotlines;
Argentina:54-0223-493-0430
Australia:13-11-14
Austria:01-713-3374
Barbados:429-9999
Belgium:106
Botswana:391-1270
Brazil:21-233-9191
China:852-2382-0000
(Hong Kong:2389-2222)
Costa Rica:606-253-5439
Croatia:01-4833-888
Cyprus:357-77-77-72-67
Czech Republic:222-580-697, 476-701-908
Denmark:70-201-201
Egypt:762-1602
Estonia:6-558-088
Finland:040-5032199
France:01-45-39-4000
Germany:0800-181-0721
Greece:1018
Guatemala:502-234-1239
Holland:0900-0767
Honduras:504-237-3623
Hungary:06-80-820-111
Iceland:44-0-8457-90-90-90
Israel:09-8892333
Italy:06-705-4444
Japan:3-5286-9090
Latvia:6722-2922, 2772-2292
Malaysia:03-756-8144
(Singapore:1-800-221-4444)
Mexico:525-510-2550
Netherlands:0900-0767
New Zealand:4-473-9739
New Guinea:675-326-0011
Nicaragua:505-268-6171
Norway:47-815-33-300
Philippines:02-896-9191
Poland:52-70-000
Portugal:239-72-10-10
Russia:8-20-222-82-10
Spain:91-459-00-50
South Africa:0861-322-322
South Korea:2-715-8600
Sweden:031-711-2400
Switzerland:143
Taiwan:0800-788-995
Thailand:02-249-9977
Trinidad and Tobago:868-645-2800
Ukraine:0487-327715
— 1 month ago with 136799 notes

motiveweight:

Junk food is engineered to be addictive - The science behind making the food that’s so bad for us taste so good…VIDEO

(via documentary)

— 1 month ago with 46806 notes
strechanadi:

A strong arabesque line is a very valuable asset for both male and female dancers…. and a very high leg is not always the strongest of lines!
As our bodies are all different, I can only advise you with some tips that I have followed or been influenced by in my career. Our bodies all require something different!
A strong arabesque is one that is most pure. A square, long arabesque at 90 Degrees, with your arms in 1st Arabesque (Arms not too high, almost the same line as your leg) is a great position to achieve. From this secure line, you can later alter and change the position in order to say different things with your arabesque. The position Odile wants to hit and the position Aurora aims to achieve are very different…… A secure arabesque enables you to adapt when needed without distorting the pure line too much.
My teachers were always very focused on me achieving a level of flexibility within my own range and capacity. They also combined a lot of strengthening too, enabling me to use the flexibility I had worked on.
Try stretching in positions that mimic the line you are wanting to create. For example, simply doing the splits whilst creating a square line with the hips and the arms is very useful. I also like to place my leg in arabesque on the barre whilst kneeling on floor (See image attached to this #McRaeDanceTips). This enables me to get a stretch in the front of the hip as well as waking up the muscles in my lower, middle & upper back.
In order to completely wake up my back, ready for an arabesque work out, I like to do an exercise that combines a press-up, an arched back stretch plus a piked triangular shape. This series of movements works almost my entire body. It targets my arms, abs, legs, butt and specifically my back. There is no point being hyper mobile if you do not have the strength to support it. This exercise is particular good for men as a warm up before partnering!
The barre is where I spent a lot of time working on my arabesque with my teacher. My teacher in Sydney, Hilary Kaplan, would make us stand at the barre in arabesque for 5mins each leg. The 5 mins would start in a tendu in arabesque, this would then be lifted just off the floor. Then we would raise the leg to 45 degrees to be examined to ensure we were engaging all the right muscles in a square position. We would then move on to a 90 degree line (please note, we were never allowed to put our leg down in between positions…. If we did, we’d start again). When the trembling started we were told to take our arms off the barre to 2nd….. When you thought you couldn’t hold it anymore we were then instructed to place our arms in 5th! Just when you though it was over, we were told to put our arms back in 2nd! Miraculously the leg seemed to lift slightly & then finally we were allowed to dive into a stretch to release our backs!
These sessions were very extreme however I quickly learnt what hard work meant but I also started to see what hardwork could achieve.
Of course, Pilates also has a large assortment of exercises that you can do to improve both your flexibility & strength.
I still try to really focus on my arabesque line at the barre. Especially as I partner so many incredible ballerinas, it is important as a male dancer to pay attention to maintaining this line. I always try to have my arm in 5th at the barre when ever I execute an arabesque as this is usually the most difficult place to put the arm…. Therefore when I am in the centre and trying to achieve a strong arabesque line, I feel I have the freedom to do so.
A simple rule that is useful to follow when training an arabesque is to think of the lines you are creating. Imagine a laser is pointing out of your nose and your middle finger…. Try to keep both lasers running parallel! It is a simple visualisation that can help you generate a more pure line.



- Steven McRae

strechanadi:

A strong arabesque line is a very valuable asset for both male and female dancers…. and a very high leg is not always the strongest of lines!

As our bodies are all different, I can only advise you with some tips that I have followed or been influenced by in my career. Our bodies all require something different!

A strong arabesque is one that is most pure. A square, long arabesque at 90 Degrees, with your arms in 1st Arabesque (Arms not too high, almost the same line as your leg) is a great position to achieve. From this secure line, you can later alter and change the position in order to say different things with your arabesque. The position Odile wants to hit and the position Aurora aims to achieve are very different…… A secure arabesque enables you to adapt when needed without distorting the pure line too much.

My teachers were always very focused on me achieving a level of flexibility within my own range and capacity. They also combined a lot of strengthening too, enabling me to use the flexibility I had worked on.

Try stretching in positions that mimic the line you are wanting to create. For example, simply doing the splits whilst creating a square line with the hips and the arms is very useful. I also like to place my leg in arabesque on the barre whilst kneeling on floor (See image attached to this #McRaeDanceTips). This enables me to get a stretch in the front of the hip as well as waking up the muscles in my lower, middle & upper back.

In order to completely wake up my back, ready for an arabesque work out, I like to do an exercise that combines a press-up, an arched back stretch plus a piked triangular shape. This series of movements works almost my entire body. It targets my arms, abs, legs, butt and specifically my back. There is no point being hyper mobile if you do not have the strength to support it. This exercise is particular good for men as a warm up before partnering!

The barre is where I spent a lot of time working on my arabesque with my teacher. My teacher in Sydney, Hilary Kaplan, would make us stand at the barre in arabesque for 5mins each leg. The 5 mins would start in a tendu in arabesque, this would then be lifted just off the floor. Then we would raise the leg to 45 degrees to be examined to ensure we were engaging all the right muscles in a square position. We would then move on to a 90 degree line (please note, we were never allowed to put our leg down in between positions…. If we did, we’d start again). When the trembling started we were told to take our arms off the barre to 2nd….. When you thought you couldn’t hold it anymore we were then instructed to place our arms in 5th! Just when you though it was over, we were told to put our arms back in 2nd! Miraculously the leg seemed to lift slightly & then finally we were allowed to dive into a stretch to release our backs!

These sessions were very extreme however I quickly learnt what hard work meant but I also started to see what hardwork could achieve.

Of course, Pilates also has a large assortment of exercises that you can do to improve both your flexibility & strength.

I still try to really focus on my arabesque line at the barre. Especially as I partner so many incredible ballerinas, it is important as a male dancer to pay attention to maintaining this line. I always try to have my arm in 5th at the barre when ever I execute an arabesque as this is usually the most difficult place to put the arm…. Therefore when I am in the centre and trying to achieve a strong arabesque line, I feel I have the freedom to do so.

A simple rule that is useful to follow when training an arabesque is to think of the lines you are creating. Imagine a laser is pointing out of your nose and your middle finger…. Try to keep both lasers running parallel! It is a simple visualisation that can help you generate a more pure line.

- Steven McRae

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