the result of many apples and pretzel sticks
Apples to get your neck longer: "Pretend you have two apples on your shoulders and you don't want them to touch your ears."
Fruit Rolls Ups to keep your stomach in and back pulled up: "Let's take out our fruit roll ups and wrap them around our middles. If you keep your bellies in then we'll eat them after class. nom nom nom"
Pretzel sticks to keep legs straight: "Glue on pretzel sticks to your knees. If you bend them then the pretzels will break and you'll have pretzel crumbs everywhere. And then you can't eat them after class and that is really sad."
Marshmallows on heels to have quiet landings when jumping: "You chose! Pink or white. Now put them on (I pretend to put them on my heels) and don't let me hear you land."
I use a ton of other food analogies but those are my standards for every class. And if I don't use them? There is an uproar of little voices that we forgot to put on our Fruit Roll Ups or pretzel sticks, which I find very endearing.
So today, if you feel like you need to stand up straighter or if you want a nice dancer's neck,
use a little imagery and stick on those apples and Fruit Roll Ups.
photo by Dane Shitagi of the Ballerina Project