Stretch with Michele Bendy “For the Traveling Competing Dancer”

Michele Bendy On her flight to Ecuador

Michele Bendy On her flight to Ecuador

Do you travel often? Do you feel it throws off your commitment to stretch and condition your body? Does traveling take a toll on your body?

This article is dedicated to the Ambitious Competing Traveling Dancer.

I’ve been traveling for about a week now in Ecuador.  I’m TERRIBLY SORRY it took me forever to get this out but I don’t always have access to wifi especially in the Amazon.  It’s been a WONDERFUL journey traveling all over the country.  Although, it’s BEAUTIFUL to see these quite charming cities and towns but my back was suffering from being in the same position.  Six hours on the plane to Ecuador 4 hours to the Amazon 6 hours to another city you catch my drift.  I could not possibly ask the pilot or the tour guide to make a pit stop because Michele Bendy needed a BENDY BENDY session.  So what helped me tremendously was this seated hip stretch.  You dancers who travel all over the country all over the world competing this pose is for you.

In your seated position lengthen the spine through the crown of the head.  Engage abdominal muscles pull towards the spine.  Place the right ankle slightly above the left knee.  Flex the right foot to protect the knee.  Continue sitting nice and tall with the spine erect and ridge.  Activate the right leg by flexing the foot and begin to pull the right knee towards floor.  Continue elongating the spine and fold at the hips.  As your fold over the thighs extend the sternum forward.  Repeat with your left leg.

Stretch until you feel a gentle stretch.  Never go beyond your limit.  Hold the stretch in that position.  And mostly importantly BREATHE.

Quote By Expert Michele Bendy 
“Stretching shouldn’t be bad pain it should PRODUCTIVE PAIN”

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Michele Bendy in a Bridge

Michele Bendy in a Bridge

The Bridge is an advanced Position.  It should be performed after warming up core and back muscles.  Strong abdominal and back muscles are prerequisites to a proper bridge.  Along with strengthening core and back muscles lower back flexibility hip flexor and shoulder mobility are essential to reach a full bridge.

Lie on you back facing up.  Bend your knees with feet flat on the ground with heels a few inches away from your sitting bones.  Bend your arms with elbows pointing the ceiling.  Plant the hands beside your ears with fingers facing your shoulders.  Press your feet and hands firmly into the floor.  Pinch your shoulder blades and expand chest.  Lift the tailbone towards the pubis.  Exhale lift your head off the floor and straighten your arms as much as possible.  If you lack shoulder mobility or strength you may remain on the crown of the  head.
It is imperative that your work on hip and shoulder mobility.  Tight hip flexors and shoulders cause the back to do all the work.  Using a few vertebral joints as oppose to stretching the entire spine may lead to joint inflammation.  Please equally distribute mobility.
Quote from the expert Michele Bendy
What can I say a Bridge can also be a dance move only a better reason to make it look gangster!!! So Practice!!!

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Michele Bendy assisting Mike Fresh From the Supreme Beings Crew

Michele Bendy assisting Mike Fresh From the Supreme Beings Crewe

Image above can only be done by a professional. So in other words don’t try this on your friends PLEASE !!

The Cobra pose is our focus of the week it is said that it has healing powers in alleviating, stress and depression. If you’re a resident of any city this is definitely a great pose to practice to just get through the day. It also relieves discomfort in the neck, muscles in the back and abdomen. So lets get snakey in this multi-beneficial pose.

Proper Form

To start lay on your stomach facing down. Legs fully stretched back with tops of the feet flat on the ground. Splay hands planting below shoulders and hug your elbows into the body.Press the tops of the feet into the floor engaging thighs and firming buttocks. Firmly press your hands into the floor and begin to straighten your arms. Lift torso off the floor, keeping pubic bone pelvis resting on the floor. Important to keep elbows pinned to the body. Continue pressing the tops of the feet into floor and engaging thighs along with gluteal muscles. Evenly bend the entire spine, engage abdominal muscles to support and protect lower back.  Press upper spine against chest. This poses stretches intercostal muscles (between ribs) maximizing the capacity of your lungs. Hold pose for 15 to 30 seconds

 

Quote from the expert Michele Bendy
“The challenge is getting on that mat and getting on that dance floor…the easy part is the PRACTICE and so is the DANCE”

The Inside Story Of The Spot Dance Center

Inside The Spot, Like them on Facebook !

Inside The Spot, Like them on Facebook !

Inspirational Wall Created by Photographer Jason Lam

Inspirational Wall Created by Photographer Jason Lam

The Spot is located in the heart of china town, 6, R,N,Q, J trains to Canal Street.

 

A California dreamer, representing the Bay area Robyn Baltzer has gifted the community with a dance studio to call home. Unlike the rest, this studio strictly focuses on urban street styles, highlights the social dance of the Hustle and even provides a ear training music class to build one’s musicality. What other studio provides this? That’s right, no other than The Spot Dance Center. Rep your Style took a visit to the freshly constructed studio with its fresh smell of newly planked floors and sleek look to provide an inside interview with owner to get the scoop about what lead to the opening of “The Spot”.

Robyn eight years ago took a risk to move to New York City to take her studies in musical theater, contemporary/modern and street style dance to new heights. In her journey she came across the social dance of the Hustle and now stands as an international teacher of New Style Hustle along with her partner Jeff Selby. She states that her life changed when she was injured being on tour with Cirque Du Soleil, she began to question her purpose, her goals and when she returned from the tour, she began to explore deeper into the underground dance scene. It was at Funk Box NYC where she became connected to Jeff and her life took flight into a different direction she called fulfilling. At a very young age, Robyn knew she wanted to be a dance studio owner, she was inspired by the entrepreneur teachings of her parents. At the age of 21, she owned her first dance studio, but after a year in operation she realized she wanted to dance, so she then eventually moved east to live out that dream. From her experience in New York, she found that there was no center or home for strictly street and underground styles. So she took a stand to create a platform, to provide a space where dancers can grow and get proper education in the urban dance styles. As she states,” I’m happy with this world, I’m happy with this life and I want to support it more and contribute. So that was my inspiration.” In reference to why she opened “The Spot”.

She currently provides 15-20 classes a week, in styles like House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vogue, New Style Hustle, Locking, Popping, Freestyle and Musicology (Ear Training). SO GET IN THERE AND TRAIN! In the near future “The Spot” will provide Breaking workshops, children’s program, fitness programs and an international exchange program. Want more information on the schedule and rates? Check out the site www.thespotdancecenter.com.

Robyn Baltzer Owner of The Spot Dance Center

Robyn Baltzer Owner of The Spot Dance Center

 

Next Exclusive Workshop brought to you By The Spot Dance Center

Next Exclusive Workshop brought to you By The Spot Dance Center