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    Here are a few tips I can think of off the top of my head:

    -To make snake arms more challenging, try holding weights.

    -Rotating the elbows upwards, like in ballet or flamenco, helps to create fluid snake arms.

    -Although holding the middle finger down is considered graceful in many dance forms, in Lebanon it’s an insult to hold your hands like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    -Although holding the middle finger down is considered graceful in many dance forms, in Lebanon itís an insult to hold your hands like this.
    Wow I didnt know that! how do you hold your hans to make them look graceful?

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    My teacher says the hands should look "relaxed" (so not fully stretched, but also not like claws), they should naturally follow the movements of the arms and it's best to not to do too much with them, cause that might look weird and exaggerated.
    Also when I move my hands I try to let the movement come from the wrists.

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    Hi there
    Yes indeed hands are one of the last things to develop to a dancer.
    Thats why (on my opinion) a teacher have to start from lesson one to teach hands also, and going 1 step further compining body movements with hands, so at the end they happen natural.
    There are some rules about it, but its difficult to be explained throu writing

    Here is a video of me teaching hand teaqnics level II.
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    [QUOTE=Maria_Aya;28213]

    Here is a video of me teaching hand teaqnics level II.
    Maria Aya

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    Geez thank you ! YOU ARE A REAL STAR!!

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    Hereís an exercise I always make my students do:
    -Hold your arms out to the sides.
    -Let your hands go limp.
    -Shake your hands back and forth, and then fling them out to the sides.

    This really seems to help with posing the hands correctly. Another thing to keep in mind is to always hold your fingers close together, so that the middle fingers donít have a chance to dip down too far.

    Maria, you are a very lovely dancer!

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    that is one thing I like about tribal is they seem to have great hands and arms. I was in a (Jane Archer) workshop recently where they did arms and hands and she talked about using your hands to tell a story and it was based on being expressive. I liked it a lot, I have always learned about arms framing your hips which is great, but I like to get more dimensional than that too.
    Maria Aya, you are a beautiful dancer. wow!

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    Next time to come to England you can teach me Maria I never know what to do with my arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparklyraven View Post
    that is one thing I like about tribal is they seem to have great hands and arms. I was in a (Jane Archer) workshop recently where they did arms and hands and she talked about using your hands to tell a story and it was based on being expressive. I liked it a lot, I have always learned about arms framing your hips which is great, but I like to get more dimensional than that too.
    Maria Aya, you are a beautiful dancer. wow!

    Wow this is smth I would love to learn- "using your hands to tell a story" pity there is so little information available on the subject....

    I have seen Rachel Brice has a DVD coming out called smth like "Arms and Posture"... wonder if it is any good...

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    My instructor teaches to put your middle finger down to your thumb and relax your hands and arms. Practice in front of a mirror doing circular motions like you are cleaning the inside of a vase, starting high and gradually working lower.

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