Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Pageant Walk by The Tiara Pageant Training Studio-9823156193
How to Walk The Walk
Make sure you are comfortable. Choose the right shoes. If you're not used to walking in heels, start with a thin two-inch heel, preferably one that you have already broken in. (Later, you can work your way up to walking in higher, less comfortable heels.) If the shoes are new, scratch the soles with scissors so that they will not slip when they touch the floor. Alternatively, you can cover the sole of the shoe with masking tape, if you don't want to scratch your shoes.
Learn to stand like a supermodel. Practice your posture, throw your shoulders back, and push your pelvis slightly forward. It might create the illusion that you're leaning back a little, rather than hunching forward.
Train yourself to place the ball of the foot down first, and keep all of your weight balanced there rather than on the heel. It may feel strange, but placing the ball of the foot down first gives you more of an elegant stride than a clunky heel-first walk would. It's almost like walking on your tippy-toes, the way ballerinas do.
Put one foot in front of the other (literally). Toes should face forward. Your footprints should form a single line, as if you are walking on a rope or a beam. When done quickly, this gives the body that characteristic swing.
Make your stride look long and commanding by lifting your legs almost in the same fashion a horse would. For each stride, you want to lift your foot a good distance off the ground (with a bend in the knee) and then place it down a good distance in front of the supporting leg.
Don't make your strides too large as this will make you look awkward and ungraceful, but make sure you take large enough steps, rather than just baby steps.
Look straight forward, capturing the essence of the clothes you're wearing with the expression on your face. Focus on an object straight ahead of you (but don't stare at a viewer...that is creepy).
Keep your chin up and your head still as your body moves down the runway. When you make your turn at the end, let your head be the last part of your body to move.
Fingers naturally curl under when relaxed, but don't let them! this makes it look like you have NO fingers, especially in pictures. Just let them hang straight down, tense your fingers enough that you can accomplish this.
Develop your own signature walk. There's no simple formula for walking the runway, and what will ultimately make you stand out is not only how well you can move your body but also how much of your own personality you can inject into your
The best way to create your own unique style is to experiment, practice, and get feedback (even if it means taking some constructive criticism).
Watch supermodels walk the walk. Visit fashion shows and watch them on TV. Who were the models that stood out the most? What made them unique? How was her walk different from the others'? Learn from the best so that you don't have to reinvent the wheel.
Videotape yourself walking, so you can understand what other people are seeing. Also, by keeping a visual record of your walk, you'll be able to trace your progress as you learn how to strut your stuff like a real supermodel would.
If you should trip, fall, or have any other unfortunate circumstance, recover gracefully. Smile, laugh, and keep going as if it never happened. Nothing will demonstrate your confidence like your performance under stressful circumstances.
Walking in high heels can have serious short-term and long-term negative effects on your body.
Whether it's a sprained ankle from a broken heel or bad knees from years of cat walking, be sure to take these risks into consideration when you decide to use high heels on a regular basis.
Limit your runway walk to the runway, or at least a smooth surface. Make sure there are no obstacles, bumps, or cracks in your way. Using high heels on an uneven or unpredictable surface could result in you injuring yourself, and no one looks modelesque with crutches.
One key area of your stage presentation is your pageant walk. Your walk can make you stand out from other contestants. A good walk will project to the audience and the judges that you are confident and feel good about yourself.
When practicing your walk, start off with an ample area or a hallway. Practice at first balancing a book on the top of your head or imagine that someone is pulling you to the sky form your hair. This will make sure your posture is correct.
Your hands should be on your side, open with your palms turned in towards your thighs. Make sure you slightly swing your arms as you walk. Lift from the rib cage, relax shoulders and chin up.
The pace for evening gown and swimsuit should be different. Your swimsuit walk should be slightly faster with pep. The evening gown walk should be slow and confident. Always walk with one foot in front of the other.
You should practice your walk everyday until the competition in both in evening gown and swimsuit shoes; this is if you have different pairs. By the time the competition arrives your pageant walk should become second nature to you.
The day of the pageant, when you walk all your concentration should be on the judges. Make sure that when you have entered the stage you make eye contact with them.
It is okay to glance around the room at the audience from time to time. However, once you have started your individual competition, you should only focus on the judges
Smile. Look like you are having a good time. Nobody wants to watch a contestant on the stage that appears miserable.
Try to think of a funny story or something that makes you happy. Overall, try to have fun and it will show.
Stand up completely straight. You should feel as though a string is going through your body, through your spine, and out of the top of your head. Throw your shoulders back, puff out your chest, but don't arc your back.
Suck in your stomach just enough to make it lie flat (it looks funny when your ribs poke out). You are now in the correct posture. Carry this posture with you when you walk, but practice slipping into this when you stand still.
Look at your feet. When in the correct stance, one foot should be at 12 o'clock when you are doing your stand. Whichever foot you choose will be your dominant foot, and the one that you step with first when you decide to move. If you choose your left foot to be forward (at 12 o'clock), then your right foot should be at 2 o'clock. If you choose your right foot to be forward (at 12 o'clock), then your left foot should be at 10 o'clock.
The heel of your dominant foot (the one that's forward at 12 o'clock) should slip right into the arc of your other foot (the one that's at 2 or 10 o'clock). This will give you the illusion of having only one skinny leg, which will slim your line.
Many people believe you simply stand in first position (in ballet). This is incorrect. You want to tuck one foot and one leg behind the other without looking awkward or uncomfortable. This is how your feet and legs will be when you are in your correct stance
Your arms should be relaxed. Make sure they are by your side, straight but not flexed. Your thumbs should be facing forward, not your knuckles. (If your knuckles face forward, then you might look like an ape with dragging hands.)
If you decide to put hands on hips, then put then directly in the small of your waist. Only do this if you are committed! It looks weak to have them by your groin, or nearer your thigh... put your hands on your waist only if you can commit!
Now for the tricky part. Let's say your left foot is your dominant foot (the one at 12 o'clock). As you stand, you will press your left shoulder back, making your waist twist slightly.
Keep your hips, legs, feet, and face forward. This slight twist gives your body an extra dimension, slimming your waist and giving more depth to your stand. If your right foot is your dominant, then you will press your right shoulder back. Make sure you keep your hips straight on!
Practice this every day around your house. Then when you go out in public, you will be able to slip right into correct pageant stance.
Your lines look slimmer when wearing heels. If you are going to be wearing heels somewhere to perform this stance, make sure you practice in them!
Above all, keep completely relaxed. Make sure your fingers don't look tense, your arms aren't stiff, your shoulders are back but loose, and you aren't locking your knees