Cristina Jimenez: The Strength of a Brave Dancer

Mixing the delicacy of the dance and the strength of the stretch can determine the technique of the body. Cristina Jimenez. If we add to that great passion, a few drops of talent and a spoonful of perseverance, we have the complete picture of this gymnast and dancer Cuenca: “All my life I have been associated with sports I always like to try art and dance related classes.He said.

Ballet and classical dance have marked her past and present, but there were many other disciplines before and during her time, first at the school of Dolores Muñoz and later at Javier and Alegria. “i did Bolera, Spanish Dance, Flamenco, Rhythmic Gymnastics, so funnySkating, ballet, Cuban tire… These last two were already in their teens to try.

But time passes and responsibilities increase. Even if she goes to dance classes on weekends, she has to decide which areas to continue practicing. “I was into classical dance, rhythmic gymnastics, Spanish dance, flamenco and bowling. They are my favorite. Each has its own techniques and strengths.

She also had to give up rhythmic gymnastics, which she had been practicing since school. After attending the championships in Castilla-La Mancha, he also competed in national events. At the age of 14, he said goodbye to a sport that would stand in his way again years later.

Classical dance, its weakness

The movements of classical dance inspire the sweet dream that Cristina always creates based on work and learning the technique.Ballet is very technical, which is related to the absolute control of the body and mindHe said. It is his chosen discipline to train and he has worked at a professional conservatory of classical dance. There he learned to spell the word “sacrifice” and to suffer, but to establish his personality through the values ​​expressed at this stage. “I am more demanding, strict, perfectionist. It was hard but I appreciate it.He said.

There he developed two of his greatest skills: the ability to learn and accept constructive criticism with room for improvement. “It was worth getting up early, coming home early to warm up, not taking breaks and studying subjects beyond technique. (As Anatomy Applied to Dance, Music Composition or Dance History)» But the balance gave him pleasure when preparing the performances at the Conservatory, where he enjoyed the discipline so much that he was able to visit the National Dance Company and exchange experiences with the dancers.

After completing this stage, he returned to Xenka and began to teach:When you finish, the usual thing is to go to a company, but I had injuries that prevented me from continuing in this profession and I wanted to dedicate myself to teaching myself.He said. She joined the rhythmic gymnastics club as a dance instructor.

Rhythmic gymnastics, second experience

Here she remains an off-road professional.We are not just coaches or teachers, we go further: we are clothing designers, music audio editors, we work as psychologists to help girls and provide emotional support.…” She returned to rhythmic gymnastics 10 years after giving up the sport due to muscle pain and realized that the sport had evolved and that she needed to train to continue being immersed in this world: “I started getting my degree until I became a national coach. I was like this until June 2022.

As for her flexibility, one of her greatest talents, it wasn’t necessary to work from scratch: “I remember my flexibility being so old, not normal when I was a little girl. Now I can’t spend as much time on it as I’d like, but IAnd I continue to be fascinated by muscle memory in the body.He said.

Being a coach allowed her to bond with the gymnasts she trained and taught. I saw in them the power of self-improvement that Christina had: “ESome seasons we get frustrated and shut down, but you move forward with persistence and perspective. It is not only a physical limitation, but also a mental oneHe said.

In a sport where technique is subjugated to mental strength, emotions are intertwined: “It is important to work with gymnasts who are in a negative cycle to get good results and enjoy training.”. He instilled in them the passion, strength, sacrifice and discipline that rhythmic gymnastics entails. Although he did not forget to teach that the most important thing is to enjoy a sport full of beauty and energy.

He trained as a coach to complete this weakness of the sport. “It’s still a brilliant and creative companion process. One that accompanies people to achieve their goals, fully supports and maximizes their personal and professional potential. His skills and understanding will allow him to grow in this line and later he wants to train as a sports coach.

After hitting the mat as a gymnast and being on the coaching track, she is now training to become the third piece of the puzzle: a national judge. He already has a regional degree, but wants to continue training, although he does not currently plan to practice.I find it very difficult to rate a gymnast and leave her on the stage when she entersHe said.

Although it is undoubtedly her work as a choreographer that she loves the most. “I think putting rhythmic choreography together brings out the best and the worst in you. When you are angry with yourself, your body composition is different than when you are calm. It also depends on the level you are at. Although the protagonist is still a gymnast and adapting to her skills is a priority for Christina, she must connect with the music so that her movements flow with truth and emotion.

Your new project

“Dancey”, a dance and rhythmic gymnastics school, opens its doors. Although she opens her sights and teaches Pilates (she is a teacher since 2015), ballet for adults, neoclassical or full body ballet (it is fitness ballet).

He was motivated by quitting rhythmic gymnastics this summer. “They always want more. I open my eyes and think that I can try it myself with my experience and training. If I do, I know it’s time or never.A. I am so motivated, I have so much energy to continue doing what I love the most: teaching rhythmic gymnastics and dance.

But practicing rhythmic and classical dance is more than just learning the technique. Christina sees problems as opportunities to overcome them with determination. At the same time, it is teaching to value effort, even if it does not always go hand in hand with results, creating an environment conducive to working in harmony.

Cristina talks about the benefits of learning to connect mind and body: “Psychomotor skills, on the side, but creativity also works”. Teamwork values ​​important to develop empathy and promote team cohesion. Of course, he performs more individual training when necessary to help the gymnasts.

Thorn is stuck in it rather than practicing synchronized swimming or skiing, and he doesn’t hesitate to say that he would have gone for it if he had offered it. “I like to see the strength and beauty of the movements in other fields, like salsa or tango, and at a professional level.”

An avid dancer, she does not take gymnastics training when time permits. He also does not give up on the idea of ​​continuing to love dance, music, dance and artistic work, which is still a long way to go.


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