Ariel Douglas
Conditioning for Limbo Dancing

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Intensive 1, 20.7.+21.7.2024
09:45–12:00 + 15:00–17:15
Arsenal 4
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This workshop is designed to integrate dance science principles into the teaching and practice of Limbo, the unofficial national dance of Trinidad and Tobago. Originally a funerary practice, Limbo has evolved into a celebrated form of entertainment that showcases Caribbean cultural uniqueness. However, Limbo bending, which involves dancing under a limbo pole with a specific body alignment, is highly demanding and carries a risk of injury due to the strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, and control required.

The primary objective of Conditioning for Limbo Dancing is to enhance the capabilities of Limbo dancers and instructors by applying fundamental kinesiology to improve Limbo technique and prevent injuries. The workshop will cover the kinesiology of Limbo, emphasising core, legs, hip, pelvis and ankle areas crucial for mastering the dance. The session will include:

  • A brief introduction to the history and significance of Limbo
  • An interactive session on the biomechanics involved in Limbo bending
  • A step-by-step breakdown of the Limbo technique, supplemented with drills and practice sessions using a limbo pole

This workshop is open to all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced dancers, and aims to provide participants with both the knowledge and physical training necessary to perform Limbo safely and effectively.

Ariel Douglas
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