Thursday, March 19, 2009

How To Burlesque

In our monthly column How To Burlesque, Miss Frankie Tease brings you tips and advice on a mishmash of burly topics. Today, she dishes on how to warm-up while on stage.

After a major injury to my hamstring, I can tell you that warming up is the most important thing you can do for yourself before performing. Take 30 seconds to do this right before going on stage.

Breathe deeply through your nose and think about your four major muscle groups -- the chest, legs, back and stomach. Here are a couple warm-ups per muscle group to get you started.

Chest warm-ups: Hold your arms straight out and do mini circles, put arms straight overhead while clasping hands and wiggling your middle.

Leg warms-ups: Go down into a complete squat. Watch that your knees are pointed the same direction of your toes. Standing in place, bend one knee fully while straightening the other (this also hits the hip flexors). Do this at least 10 times per side.

Back warm-ups: Make a figure 8 with your hips. Try reaching with your shoulders while doing this.

Stomach warm-ups: Roll your stomach while tucking your pelvis in, and then tailbone out do this about 10 times.

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