How To Cambré Without Crunching – Ballet Tip with Ballerina Badass

Hey Dancers and Dance Fans!

This video comes to you courtesy of a request from one of my subscribers, Paige Long-Wheeler.

She asked how to arch in her camber rather than “crunch” to the side. It’s easy to make this mistake, and I am still working on how to lengthen my spine even further as I bend into the cambré.

“Cambré is a classical ballet term meaning “arched.” When a dancer is doing cambré, their body is bent from the waist and stretching backward or sideways with the head following the movement of the upper body and arms.” – The Ballet Hub,

You can do Pilates exercises to strengthen the muscles needed to perform cambres, including your obliques (those muscles on the side of your torso) – I’ve included a couple of examples in this video.

Thank you, Paige, for the video request, and I hope this is helpful!

Remember to always be careful with every exercise you do – if something hurts, STOP IMMEDIATELY and check with your teacher and/or doctor to see what’s going on. Everyone’s body is unique!

Music for this video provided by YouTube Audio Library:
“Eyes On You” by Network 415

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