The back bend -or Turkish drop- is a bellydance movement, with a taste of acrobatics that makes it spectacular.
But as any other movement, it requires technique and preparation. In today’s video/article I’m sharing how to do it avoiding injuries.
The Turkish Drop becomes a trend
As it happened with Iraqi dances and it’s sudden head movements, the Turkish drop became a trend in the bellydance scene.
I’ve seen many dancers doing it and harming their bodies in the way. And I’m talking about all kinds of dance expertise here. Since the renowned Rachel Brice, who shared in an interview that yes, she was actually exposing her body to injuries.
But this is not only an issue of high profile pro bellydancers.
I’ll never forget a bellydance show I attended in London, where one of the dancers hit her head heavily when she reached the floor. And that accident was probably just that, an accident. Anything can happen on stage.
But I also believe that many accidents happen due to a lack of preparation.
Strengthen and stretch your body for a better dance practice.
In today’s video I’m sharing a few body awareness, strength and flexibility exercises for you to get ready for a safe and healthy Turkish drop.
This video will take you around 10 min to watch, but the preparation of your body will take you months. Perseverance is clue.
IMPORTANT: This movement might not be the ideal for you if you have knee or back issues. Your health comes first. Do not try it if it hurts.
Play it now.
And now that I’ve shared my secrets for a safe and healthy Turkish drop, it’s your turn to share your experience in the comments. Have you ever tried this movement? What was your biggest struggle?
See you down here, in the comments.
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