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Friday, January 5, 2018

Fun Friday Flexibility 3 P’s

Fun Friday Flexibility 3 P’s

One thing dancers are constantly working to improve is this: flexibility. Some dancers are blessed with a natural ability to stretch, but for many others, it is a constant struggle. Stretching is important not only because it improves flexibility and therefore extensions, but it also reduces the risk of injury and can even help mitigate soreness. Here are a few tips.

Overstretching is a problem I see nowadays. Turning oneself into a wet noodle is counterproductive. A partnership of stretch and strength must always be maintained.

Another bad habit dancers seem to know about but don’t pay attention to is warming up before they stretch. Never try to stretch a cold muscle. Scary.

Here are the Three P’s of Flexibility:
Stretching cannot and should not be rushed! Patience is the key. (P #1)
Everything a dancer does requires a strong dose of positivity (P #2). 
Finally, persistence (practice). (P #3)  Slow and steady truly does win the race. Every dancer is different and will require different stretches and procedures to gain flexibility. And these things can, and probably will, change over time. I cannot overemphasize the important of working with a good, trusted instructor that will know how to guide you in your quest. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #:
“Achieving flexibility requires persistence, patience and positivity.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Music may be the activity that prepared our pre-human ancestors for speech communication and for the very cognitive, representational flexibility necessary to become humans.”
Daniel J. Levitin, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

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