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I just went through a big growth spurt, and now I feel like I have no center and no sense of balance. Help!
You're not alone! Growth spurts can be so frustrating as a dancer. I recommend starting Pilates. Pilates is the perfect exercise for dancers because it focuses on the core and stability. You'll be able to rediscover your center and figure out where your new center of balance is. In class, make sure you're nice and lifted through your core. Be careful of sitting back in your heels and having your shoulders behind your hips. Because you have more length now, you might need to be even further forward than you think. I would also recommend talking to your teacher. If you make them aware of your growth spurt, they can really keep an eye on your balance for you. You don't have to figure this out alone.
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