Balancing Exercises: Socks and Pillows

Megan shares a exercise using socks and pillows to improve and train balance.

Sock Balancing Exercise: Grab a pair of socks or take off the ones you are wearing at the moment. Begin this exercise balancing on one foot. Drop your sock on the floor in front of you, while balancing slowly bend over and pick up the sock. Repeat this action but drop the sock to the side of you, and then behind you. Set a timer for 30 seconds and repeat front, side, back, side until the timer is up! Try to stay balanced on the one leg the whole time! Once finished, make sure to try it on the other leg.

Pillow Balancing Exercise: Balance for 15 seconds on each foot. To provide an extra challenge place your balancing foot on a flat exercise ball or a pillow!

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Megan O’Brien is dancer/artist born in Salt Lake City, Utah. At a young age, she fell in love with movement and performance when she created impromptu shows to classic rock songs for her mom and dad. For 15 years Megan extensively trained at The Winner School in many different styles of dance. She continued her training at the University of Utah School of Dance on full scholarship and graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Modern Dance. Throughout her training Megan has had the privilege to learn from and work with Danielle Agami (Ate9 Dance), LajaMartin, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Company 605 (Vancouver), The Penguin Lady, and the Staatliche Ballettschule School located in Berlin, Germany. She has performed in works by LajaMartin, Michio Ito, Bill Evans, Lesley Telford, Stephen Koester, Nick Blaylock, and Sharee Lane. She is compelled to share her art and passion with the community through independent choreographic projects and through nurturing the growth of young artists by teaching at many local schools (K-12) and dance studios in Utah. This is her second season working with Repertory Dance Theatre.

RDT appreciates the generous funding provided by the Utah Legislature and the Utah Board of Education that help make our Arts-in-Education Programs possible in Utah’s Public Schools.