Pilates Inspiration – Dance Trapeze

April Skelton, Dance Trapeze artist

Dance trapeze is a sub-genre of static trapeze and combines floor choreography with the use of a single-point trapeze – a short metal bar hung from the ceiling by ropes at either end.

The short dance trapeze routine below is performed by Arthur (one of those surname-less artists?) and shows all eight principles of Pilates in action – core strength or centering; alignment; breathing, i.e. using the breath to drive and control the moves; co-ordination; relaxation, i.e. only using the muscles needed to execute a movement, allowing others to relax; flowing movement; stamina; concentration…

Don’t try this at home, folks…or in the studio when my back’s turned using the suspension trainer…you know who you are!


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