“This morning I did the legs-against-the-wall exercise from miss Khalida’s ‘Drills and Conditioning’ DVD. I have the idea that this helps me to find balance and a peaceful state of mind. It also makes my legs and feet stronger! When I combined it for the first time with arm patterns, it felt a bit strange, but when I dance now I have the feeling dat my arms are lighter, which is something I never achieved before with my ‘regular’ practice.
Also; I’m currently having an injury for allready a year (something with adductors, hamstrings and/or hips/pelvis). Doctors didn’t defined yet what it is, but some days it hurts like hell and keeps me from hiking, running and dancing. That’s also the reason why I couldn’t do leg stretches too for the past year, because that would only make it worse. Some days my pelvis even got infected from doing nothing. So, it’s been quite a challenge to search to learn and find out what works and what doesn’t (read: what hurts me and what doesn’t). BUT! Here’s the thing; when I did this exercise for the first time I had a lot ofpain afterwards though it felt very good the moment itself. So I decided to keep doing it for a few days. And today (for the first time in a long year!!!!) I can sit normally without having pain (though I ran (too much) yesterday AND I danced which is normally the perfect cocktail to have to sit it out for a few days). I do believe that this is the benefit of doing this exercise.
I even start my days with it. I roll out of bed straight onto the wall. It’s doens’t hurt me now anymore. But I do feel that it’s very good for my body! It’s also a great start of the day!
Also; working with this DVD is so good to work and get to know my ‘TOOL’ as a dancer; my body. I’m dancing for so long now, but since I started to work with this DVD it feels different. My practise is different by laying the focus on good healthy movement for my body. It feels like I’ve learned so much more about my own body and it feels so much healthier. It doesn’t feel like a punishment for my body anymore. All of this combined with the ever lovely charm of Miss Khalida herself is just great! She’s just an amazing teacher. She teaches so much more than just ‘how to dance’. She never holds anything back. Anyway, I have to conclude that I love her (DVD’s). She makes me grow, every single time again, as a dancer, as a student, as a human, as a teacher. No words could ever describe my gratitude for her!”