How to Do a Hinge in Jazz Dancing

Three Methods:Knee HingeKnee Hinge with a partnerStanding Hinge

If you are looking for a different way to do a back-bend, trying to remember how your teacher told you to do it, or looking for an extreme stretching exercise, this article will (hopefully) interest you.

Method 1
Knee Hinge

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    Get on both of your knees (kneel, don't squat).
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    Start leaning back slowly.
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    Put your hands over your head, like you are doing a back-bend.
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    Keep leaning back, keeping a flat back.
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    When you are as far as you can go (with out squatting or W Lying), arch your hands back and see if you can touch the floor.

Method 2
Knee Hinge with a partner

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    Find yourself a good, trustworthy partner.
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    Grab his or her hand, firmly.
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    Kneel and lean back.
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    Go as far down as your body, or your partner's hand, will let you. Your partner can help you up.

Method 3
Standing Hinge

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    Stand up.
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    Put your hands over your head.
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    Arch your back.
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    Try to get your hands on the floor.
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    Touch the floor if you can.
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    If you can, curl up, un-arching your back vertebrae by vertebrae.
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    If you can't curl up, do a controlled fall.

Tips

  • On the knee hinges, never squat.
  • Warm-up and stretch completely before attempting.
  • If it helps, do an arm circle before you put your hands up.

Warnings

  • Do this with padding under you. A lot of it.
  • If you don't do this correctly, you can hurt yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Padding
  • Flexibility
  • Courage
  • A trustworthy partner


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Categories: Dancing