LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #79 – Axis

The rotational axis is the centre of a revolving movement and the point which remains still. When a dancer wants to spin, the rotational axis is key. The centre of the body needs to remain stable for the force applied to create a spin. Also, a wobbly axis will cause the dancer to lose their balance. When, metaphorically speaking, movement threatens to make us lose our balance, a stable axis is a good place to find stillness. The key is to cultivate its strength and stability and learn to make our way there. Our physical axis runs between the crown of the head and the pelvic floor, in front of the spine – perhaps that’s a good place to start!

 

María Ferrara

 

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