Yesterday during the fortnightly Q&A session we run for our members we had a great question from Anne, one of our students from Australia.
Her question was the following....
"Is there a way to make the quiebro look better if the dancer has neck problems (difficulty in tilting, turning head)?"
We loved this question because although there are certain ideals that would be great to be able to achieve when you're studying flamenco dance, for some of us it is just not possible.
In this case, Anne was talking about having limited mobility in her neck and I'm assuming that because it's difficult to follow the line of her quiebro with her neck and head she feels that it just doesn't look right when she does it.
José's advice for Anne was to work with the mobility that she does have in both her trunk and her neck to find the middle ground between the two.
Also she can try to use the 'intention' of quiebro by opening and lifting her torso and inclining ever so slightly so that the line of her body, neck and head appear balanced.
Flamenco is not always so full of strong forceful movements. There are many time when just with whisper of a movement says as much if not more than big strong llamada.
The video below is an extract from our live Q&A session where Jose explains his advice and also demonstrates a what a turn might look like by using the 'intention' of quiebro instead of using the maximum range of motion.