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The beat and rhythm help you with the execution of the movements. 2007 11:49 Uhr Seite 42 Learning Ballet THE CLOTHES A dancer should be able to move easily in her practice clothes. They should not interfere with her movements and should be neither too warm nor too cool. And of course she wants to be comfortable. It is best to wear layers of clothes. This allows you to keep your muscles warm, and if you get too warm you can gradually undress, just like an onion with its many skins. Dance clothes are always tightly fitted so the bodylines and muscles are visible.

Anyone can see how happy you are. Sad Your back is rounded and your head and shoulders are droopy. Can I make you feel better? Proud Your erect body and the position of your arms alone show how proud you are. Add to that the raised nose and the confident look. Or may be you are just offended or feel hurt? 2007 11:50 Uhr Seite 53 The Body and its movements Strength Look at me—my muscles and the tough look on my face! Standing as tall as you can with your chest puffed out, you show that no one messes with you.

Some dance groups wear uniform clothing. 2007 10:28 Uhr Seite 43 W hat you need for dancing THE DANCE SHOES The dance shoes are made of fabric or leather. They have a special sole that supports the foot but is also flexible. Gymnastics slippers are not really suited for dancing because their soles are too wide. Elastic bands hold the shoes firmly on the foot, so they don’t slip off while you dance. If the dance shoes you bought don’t have elastic bands, you can sew some on yourself. The bands cross over, from the center seam to about the middle of the back of the shoe.

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