Physie technique includes knowing each of the Physie positions that are used within the sport and how to accurately hold these positions. As students are taught the choreography they are able to remember the steps easily when they know the precise positions for any given count. The best place to start is to learn a small selection of basic positions to get you started. Practice memorising the names of these positions and take a look at your reflection in a mirror to be certain your positions are precise.
Most physie routines will start with or finish by returning to ‘Attention’.
Legs together, feet turned out in first position, bottom tucked under, belly button drawn in, shoulders back but relaxed, chin up and chest lifted while your arms are straight by your sides. Palms should be flat on the sides of your legs.
Basic Arm Positions
This is a great place to start for beginners.Be sure to practice these positions in front of a mirror to be able to really see if your placement is accurate.
Arms are at shoulder height but lengthened out to the sides. Arms are straight and fingers together, palms down.
With palms facing up and in toward one another, keep your arms straight as you lift them into what looks a little like a capital letter ‘Y’.
With palms facing down and arms straight place your arms slightly away from the body.
With finger tips touching on your middle fingers place your hands, palms flat, on your head. You should not hold on to your head, nor should you lift the wrists. Rather, keep your hands flat and then your fore arms will naturally slope down toward the elbows.
Arms straight to the ceiling, palms turned to face each other, fingers together, arms close by the sides of the head but not allowing the hands to be closer than shoulder width a part.
Basic Positions Of The Body
Lift one knee to a 90 degree angle with toe pointed straight to the floor. Keep the standing leg strong and straight. Arms may be in a variety of positions.
Keeping the front leg bent and the back leg straight, lean forward pushing into your front knee. Your front foot is turned out as you would in first position. Your front knee should track over your toes. Create a straight line from the top of your head to your back heel. Hips are facing forward and your back foot turned out.
Position yourself on your hands and knees creating a square from the wrist to the shoulder to the hip to the knee and back to the wrist. Keep your arms straight and your back straight. Be sure not to arch the back. Pulling your abdominal muscles in tight will help with keeping your back straight. Your knees and feet are to stay together and pressed down on the floor. Keep your head in line with your body. Do not look up or drop the chin towards the chest.
Most teachers will have access to a comprehensive list of positions with photographs. They may be found on your club website or a booklet might be available from your teacher.