Technique Focus: Posture

Technique Focus: Posture

Good posture and core strength are closely related, so we've designed the workouts in this category to help improve your posture and upper body control using fitness moves from classical Pilates as well as the Fuse method, general fitness and Irish dance technique. Targeted areas include arms, shoulders and upper back as well as core strength and hip stability.

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Technique Focus: Posture
  • *NEW* Perfect Your Posture - Obliques [All Levels]

    Join us for an All-Levels workout to help improve your posture on stage, with a particular focus on obliques. We'll focus on our upper body form and control with a series of twists, roll-downs and additional core-strengthening moves. Remember: oftentimes the slower you move through Pilates exer...

  • Classic Core + The Hundred [All Levels]

    Join us for a challenging but highly energizing "Classic Core" workout. We'll work through several variations of "The Hundred" as well as move intelligently through roll-ups, leg circles and other core activation techniques in order to help you gain the control, power and grace you need on stage...

  • Perfect Your Posture - Arms Control [All Levels]

    Help keep your arms by your side and in control at all times while dancing with this quick - and fun! - arm toning workout. We'll aim to create length in our arms and upper body by optimizing control and working with a small, specific range of motion. Oh, and there might be a few pushups as wel...

  • Perfect Your Posture - Core Focus [Intermediate]

    In this "Perfect Your Post" series workout, we'll move through a series of core-focused movements to activate our deep abdominals which help us with upper body control and stability while dancing. Movements in this workout will challenge your coordination as well as your core endurance! Remembe...

  • Modern Floor Warm-Up by Moira Ragen [All Levels]

    This energizing, Modern dance-based floor workout will help you lengthen and stretch your body, activate your core and prepare to conquer the stage with grace and ease! Featured Celticore Instructor Moira Ragen leads us through a series of beneficial dance exercises suitable as either a warm-up,...

  • Perfect Your Posture - Neck Length [Intermediate]

    In this "Perfect Your Posture" workout, we'll focus on back alignment and neck lengthening in order to keep your chin lifted while dancing (since we had a request in the Studio Lounge Forum from a student). We'll also work on a move called "neck pull" - a challenging ab-focused exercise which he...

  • Core Activation, Part 2 [All Levels]

    This workout is the 2nd part of our "Core Activation" series -
    a program of workouts designed to help educate Irish dancers in what exactly it means to engage your core while dancing. In this workout, we'll move through an intelligent abdominal strengthening series as well as other functional ...

  • Complete Core [All Levels]

    We're delighted to present another "Complete Core" workout, designed to help Irish dancers fully engage their abdominal powerhouse, while emphasizing upper body and lower body control. We will focus particularly on our upper abdominal area, using a variation on "the hundred". Enjoy your workout...

  • Shoulder Strength + Stability [All Levels]

    Your shoulders play an important role in helping you maintain good posture while dancing, so we created this workout to target shoulder strength + stability. Classical Pilates constantly cues students to keep shoulders away from ears, thereby helping to lengthen your spine + neck. We'll work th...

  • Core Control + Obliques [All Levels]

    In this express obliques-focused workout, we'll emphasize core control, hip stabilization and upper body strength. Using the "roll-up" - a great classical Pilates exercise that we find to be particularly beneficial for Irish dancers - as well as "roll-up" variations from the Fuse repertoire, we'...

  • Obliques + Balance [All Levels]

    This fun workout incorporates Irish dance-specific shoulder bridging, balance work, several oblique challenges and roll-ups. We feature Christina White, a CRC counselor who will model each exercise for students, allowing Joe to present cues + adjustments to help you focus on your own form.

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  • Pilates Flow + Alignment Focus [Intermediate]

    This workout brings to you a Pilates flowing sequence, with arm + ab exercises from general fitness and the Fuse method repertoire. As always, we'll emphasize quality over quantity, alignment and precision. Suitable for intermediate level & above and excellent as a supplemental Irish dance trai...

  • Core Warm-Up feat. Joe Harrison [All Levels]

    This special feature Pilates warm-up offer a series of dynamic movements/stretches to ignite your core and prepare you for a show, competition or practice session in the studio. We'll cue a host of Irish dance technique elements, so it's a great way to get your mind AND body into gear!

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  • Complete Core + Arms [All Levels]

    Enjoy this workout - a challenging series designed to ignite your core, strengthen your arms & give you a host of tools to supplement your in-season dance training. *Be sure to send us additional workout requests (visit our Studio Lounge Forum, e-mail info@celticore.com or message us on the Celt...

  • Abs + Arms [All Levels]

    There are two parts to this video workout: the first part focuses on posture, engaging your arms, upper back and challenging your abdominal stability. The second part, as requested by a Celticore monthly subscriber, is a super-challenging ab set designed to ignite your core and help stay one ste...

  • Celticore Backstage - a Fuse Pilates Workout [All Levels]

    Keep your core strong with a special backstage workout joined by the cast of Michael Londra "Celtic Yuletide"! We're focusing on our abs & arms - using a series of exercises from the Fuse Pilates method! We've also included a bonus "plank roll" exercise (quite a challenge!) courtesy of guest inst...

  • Plank Series + Core Control [Intermediate]

    We'll give you the tools to ignite your core in this unique "core control" workout, featuring a series of challenging, flowing abdominal exercises as well as a plank set. The overall focus, of course, is to keep strength and precision in your abs in order to help translate directly to your dance...

  • Control Your Core [All Levels]

    The focus in this workout - "core control" - gives you tools to engage your deep abdominal muscles in order to effectively keep your upper body still yet engaged at the same time. We'll begin with a roll-up series, activating our upper and lower abs simultaneously to help us move with grace, tra...

  • Perfect Your Posture - A Fuse Pilates Workout [All Levels]

    This workout, we present a "Posture Clinic", which incorporates a series of traditional and contemporary Fuse Pilates-method exercises designed to give your posture an added boost. We'll focus on our side waist, obliques and also add in some side-lying stability work, with the goal of keeping yo...

  • Core Flow + Leg Work [All Levels]

    This workout, called "core flow", is designed to help you connect breath to movement in a dynamic and dance-oriented way. We'll focus primarily on our abs (upper, lower & obliques), in addition to some leg work, all the while emphasizing the quality of each movement and working to create movemen...

  • Low Abs + Posture Focus [All Levels]

    In this workout, we're targeting our low abs with a dynamic Pilates sequence that includes roll-ups, leg lifts and the hundred. Your low abs help with waist-area stability, helping you avoid leaning or tilting your upper body on stage. Because when we work our low abs, we also indirectly work o...

  • "7 Steps to a Stronger Core" Special Feature presented by IDM + Celticore - a Fuse Pilates workout [All Levels]

    Irish Dancing Magazine + Celticore present "7 Steps to a Stronger Core" - the ultimate Pilates workout for Irish dancers. Celticore founder Joe Duffey demonstrates 7 essential Pilates moves designed to help you build a strong core and take your dancing to the next level. Great for all ages & skil...

  • Strength + Length Workout [All Levels]

    Our focus here on "strength & length" combines a dynamic standing stretching series with mat core work. Pilates practice helps us create space & length in our body to assist us with challenging aspects of Irish dancing. Be sure to check out the "standing saw" - a take on the traditional "saw" ex...

  • Arms + Abs Double Feature [Intermediate]

    We've kicked up our workout a notch with this fun (but challenging!) "double feature" arms + abs series. We're delighted to feature in this this workout music from acclaimed accordionist Damien Mullane. Celticore Founder Joe Duffey toured with Damien in the band Project West earlier this year an...