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I too agree with the other comments. As a dancer and dance teacher for many years and a current yoga teacher I can recall only one child hood dance teacher talking about tucking - back in the 1950's - an old russian teacher with a stick! Dance classes employ a very precisely structured warm up and in a good class, you are not asked to perform a movement or position for which you have not had adequate preparation - not so in many yoga classes - even from good teachers. Many dance injuries stem from performance passion - when adrenaline is flowing and accidents can occur - and from a grueling rehearsal and performance schedule - not from what they do in class and so is very different from the "practice" of yoga. So while it may be true that some dancers come to yoga to "heal" they are not healing from dance class but from the rigors of performing and the pressure that comes with that life style. I think a person can move between yoga and dance and be mindful of the differences as they enjoy each class.

Susan Holbrook

Ditto! I trained and was trained to the professional level in Classical Ballet. The only "dancers" who tucked their pelvis were wanna be dancers. Because one cannot move when one tucks the pelvis! Everything is strained and that is when injury occurs. Those people never dance. And it has never been taught in a viable ballet class in my 63 years of existence on earth.
Just as in Asana class where the copious number of young inexperienced teachers are zealously and ignorantly talking students into positions they probably will never be able to do, is why recently the media ignorantly represented a yoga practice as being damaging.
As Shankara advises, do not be ignorant, practice mindfulness and discrimination in all actions!


There were a lot of yoga classes in the seventies and not all the teachers had background in dance. Lot of of them were hipies who went to study in India or meditators who studied with various indian gurus in the US. Tucking of the pelvis was not a common practice at least in the yoga circles I studied in.


Ballet dancers are taught NOT to tuck the pelvis. I've been dancing for over 20 years and as a professional I have never been told to tuck. As I youngster I mistakengly would "tuck" because I thought I was engaging "my center. It was not until a very patient teacher explained during my teen years the allowance of the natural spine and pelvic placement. It is important to feel the sacrum elongating, with energy reaching towards a strong base with neither the pelvic arching backwards too far (swayback) or tucking under in attempts to engage the abdominal muscles.


I agree with Andrea. A well-trained ballet dancer does not tuck her pelvis, but keeps it neutral. Oftentimes, beginning dancers-particularly those who struggle with turnout and/or have hyperextended knees sway their lower backs. The swayback is bad for technique and can cause injuries. Teachers in dance and related disciplines should take care to show these students how to correct the swayback without tucking the pelvis.


Perhaps this is a question of semantics but dancers do not tuck their pelvises. Dancers are meant to stack themselves straight over their legs; not tilt inwards or outwards. Certainly there are steps that require some curvature of the back (arabesques for example) but a tucked pelvis was enough to get you smacked. Dancers draw in their bellies and straighten, not tuck. But again, the problem here could be due to what one person perceives as "tuckage" versus what another perceives.

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