Magazine article Dance Spirit

Heel Appeal

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Heel Appeal

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TIPS FROM THE PROS TO HELP YOU MASTER DANCING IN HEELS

Dying to dance with Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Usher, Lady Gaga or almost any other big name? Be prepared to strap on some skyhigh heels and still kill the choreography, which could include anything from pirouettes and jumps to intricate hip-hop moves. But you don't want an audition to be your first time dancing full-out in stilettos - you probably won't book the job. Even worse, you could get seriously injured. Follow these tips from three veterans to get the scoop on how to dance in heels.

TYNE STECKLEIN

HEEL CRED: Tyne is a regular on the commercial scene. She was a featured dancer in Burlesque and one of three female dancers cast for Michael Jackson's This Is It tour.

EXPERT ADVICE:

* "Ask your jazz leacher if you can take class wearing heels. Begin with a character or ballroom shoe with straps- they "re supersupportive. Once you feel comfortable, move to a boot or stiletto. Try as many genres as you can while wearing them."

*"When dancing in heels, practice working in plié and sitting into your hips in order to stay grounded."

*"Freestyle in front of a mirror to figure out what looks good on your body. The moves that look great in sneakers are completely different than those that look great in heels."

TYNE'S IDEAL HEEL: "I always go for comfort and safety over cuteness. Boots are more supportive because they embrace Your entire foot."

DANA FOGLIA

HEEL CRED: Dana has performed and toured with Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Beyoncé (she was Beyoncé's assistant choreographer during the I Am... tour). Dana currently teaches a stiletto heels class at Broadway Dance Center in NYC.

EXPERT ADVICE:

* "Stay in class. Some of the strongest dancers in heels are those who have been classically trained and have a strong foundation in ballet and modern. They know their bodies and can create beautiful lines with their legs and feet. …

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