This is one of those things that dancers often learn after years of practice, but just wish someone had told them when they were starting out! Some dancers do it unconsciously as their experience increases, some may have a Eureka moment. For those dancers who do it unconsciously, if they go on to teach they may never transmit the technique to their students. It's hard to teach what you've never had to think about! But what if you were to learn this simple technique early on? It would give you a huge head start and, if you practie it from early on, your muscle memory will set you up for life.
So we're here to let you in on the secret. It's not rocket science, but it's so important! When you start learning the Flamenco arms (braceo) you're generally just thinking about how to move the arm in the circle, keep the hands going, keep the shoulders down... it's a lot to think about! But somehow it just never looks Flamenco enough. The solution? Always keep an eye on your elbows. They provide the strength for the arm - they should always be above the hand level as you raise your arms. And if you pull them towards the back as you hold your arms above your head you will achieve that classic Flamenco look which often takes years of practice. Give it a go in the mirror and you'll see what we mean. Yes, it will make your arms ache. And yes, it will be absolutely worth it.