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Standing/Centre Work    
Turned in Parallel Contraction/ Shift Spiral Contraction – A powerful strengthening sequence that concentrates the energy deep inside the pelvis, legs and back. 'The contraction begins the movement, the release resolves the movement.' (Cohan)
Side Tendus – The balance/alignment of the body is held strongly in between the legs, necessitating all sinews of the muscles to be actively engaged, reiterating being present in the movement.
Spiral walks using the Back/Shifting Body Weight – an important moment in the class whereby an actual shift of body weight to move through the space is made.
The actual step forward is the culmination of all the previous physical preparations and proprioceptive processes leading up to this first step forward and to moving in space. The sequence focuses the dancers' attention to strengthening their physical will, ' you have to know where you are going before you get there – you have to give the body proper direction and know something so well that it does not take you by surprise – then you are in control.' (Cohan)
 
 
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Contraction and Body Turn Sequence – a difficult sequence that challenges the control of the body centre to not only maintain correct alignment of the limbs whilst executing a dynamic articulation of the spiral but also challenges the body's understanding of the different dynamics and firing sequences required. By maintaining the 'correct effort' (Cohan) the quality of the execution will continually improve.  
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Spiral Contraction – a sequence that shifts the weight with a fluid action of the spine, interspersed with a strong dynamic use of the spiral contraction.  
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Leg Swings – an advanced sequence that brings many of the underlying facets of the elements into play; the complexity of the exercise makes it easy to 'get lost'. The exercise helps strengthen the alertness of the brain and sensory organs to maintain control over the limbs and reaffirm the centred position of the standing/grounded leg.  
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Knee Vibrations – a beautiful movement requiring equal awareness of the physical and proprioceptive processes. Focus of attention is drawn physically to the action of the contraction, release and piston/grounding action of the supporting leg, juxtaposed to the figure eight movement of the opposing leg. The figure eight movement of the upper body mirrors this action with the stimuli energy and imagery being, 'like a curve that comes back into yourself.' (Cohan)  
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Preparation for Jumps – Reinforcing and developing the strength required for elevation and the physical will of the body in its desire to go up.  
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