Having balance and coordination is just as important for a dancer as being supple and having strength. Once you have done your warm-up and your stretching, it is time to move, and this is where coordination and balance come in. Having balance and co-ordination is a quality that will allow you to occupy and travel through space with greater awareness, confidence and control.
Here I will mention two exercises that you can do to improve your coordination and balance. It is amazing how even a slight shift of weight can affect your balance. Even walking, which is a seemingly simple act of placing one foot in front of the other is actually a very complex action. Your center of gravity continuously changes with each step that you take, and you are continuously changing weight from one foot to the other.
A great exercise to do that will help you to stretch your hips, legs, back and shoulders is called the dancer. This exercise also helps you to improve your balance and concentration. If you battle with balancing, stand near a chair or table to help you maintain your balance.
To do the dancer, stand with your feet parallel and relax your arms by your side. Stand up tall and lengthen your neck and keep your shoulders relaxed.
Shift your weight onto your left foot and bend your right knee slightly. Grasp your right foot with your right arm behind your buttocks. Exhale and focus on a spot on the floor for balance.
Inhale and reach your left hand towards the ceiling. Exhale and lift your right leg behind you as high as you can. Tilt your torso forward from your hips and try to keep the back straight. Keep both hips parallel to the floor and hold this position for a few deep breaths.
Inhale and come upright again and then exhale as your release your arms and lower your leg to the floor. Repeat this on the left side.
Another good exercise for balance and coordination is this one.
Stand feet parallel with your arms relaxed at your side. Raise both arms forward to chest height and at the same time lift your right knee. Get your right thigh parallel to the ceiling if you can. Slowly and smoothly open your arms to the sides as you open your right leg to the side, keeping the knee bent at 90 degrees. Make sure you keep your left leg and back long and strongly held.
Next bring your arms and knee in front of you again and lower your leg to starting position. If you get your balance spot on, try adding a small arch of the upper back when your leg and arms are in front of you.