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Quarter Between The Butt Cheeks

March 27, 2007

I have no idea how to relate this skiing trick/tip to dancing. It has to do with something I found in the book, The All Mountain Skier by R. Mark Elling. He says that in order to get your legs to tip your shape skies up on edge, instead of your whole body, one must keep the stanch of a “rounded” back. How to do this? Why, a pelvic thrust of course! His 2 ways of doing this were to do an “Elvis Presley push” or pretend you are holding a coin between your butt cheeks. I figure a quarter is a good size of coin to pretend you are holding, but some people look like they could hold a whole roll of quarters. I wouldn’t try holding 2 dimes and a nickel, either.

Does this work? Yes. Because shape skis are either on one edge, in transition, or on the other edge, it is important how you get them on edge. Most skiers at my level have a “hollow” back. This means that your back is arched and your pelvic whatever is not forward. So, the whole body has to tilt and lean to get the skis up on edge. When the coin is clenched correctly, the body stays upright and doesn’t lean or swerve side to side and the legs go back and forth under the skier, applying the edges. Try it you’ll like it.

Not sure, but I don’t think dancers have to practice this same pelvic thrust unless they are dancing like Elvis Presley or around a brass pole (not into either of these). The Ballroom dance crowd are famous for the “broomstick up the you know what” posture. The Swing, Zydeco, and Lindy Hoppers, might be clenching coins. Be fun to go on a date and sit with your date and analyze who is clenching coins and who isn’t. . . . . never mind.

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