I've been dancing on and off for 7 months (probably a total of 5 months of actual practice), but I still can't find my lower abs. At all. It's driving me crazy. Every move I want to do, including basic posture, hinges on those lower abs and I can't contract them to save my life. I've tried all the regular exercises (including the ones on Shira's website), but no luck. It's gotten to the point where I went ahead and got a private teacher. She's been giving me alternatives to try and even suggested I do pilates. Sometimes I feel like she gets frustrated with me because I just can't contract them. Or maybe my frustration just fills the room.
Is doing pilates a good supplement to dance practice?
I'm scared that I will never reach a performance level. While I love the dance and the art behind it, I feel terrible not being able to do the moves correctly and often debate just giving it up.
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