The most effective stretches for dancing
Different types of physical activity require different skills sets and physical demands. Although, there is one thing all activities require – stretching. Failing to stretch, or not doing the right stretching exercises for what you’re doing can leave you more susceptible to injury. It can also make things much more difficult than they need to be. As a dancer, it is vitally important that you take the time to properly stretch before you begin.
What follows is a brief run-down of some of the most effective stretches for dancing.
For a dancer, one of the most important things is to have a limber, flexible body. So it makes perfect sense that these are the types of stretching exercises that you will want to focus your efforts on. It is recommended that you stretch the legs and back thoroughly before beginning any dancing routine.
Our top 4 stretches for dancing
- The Butterfly Stretch is a great way to stretch the muscles in the inner thighs and lower back. This stretch is highly recommended for dancers! You simply, sit up tall with the soles of your feet together and your knees dropped to the sides as far as they will go naturally. Lean forward from your hips.
- The Toe Touch Stretch is a perfect stretch that targets your hamstrings and lower back. Basically, sit on the floor with your legs together out straight in front of you, toes pointed to the ceiling, and lean forward from the hips. Keep your back flat and avoid bending your knees.
- A Kneeling Quad Stretch will loosen up the muscles in your upper legs like no other. Just start off in a high lunge with your front foot forward, and drop the other knee to the floor. Then, reach back and grab your toes of that same foot.
- Don’t forget the Shoulder and Arm stretches either – Touching the back of the shoulder, while keeping your elbow pointed towards the sky with the other arm. Then another goodie is pulling an arm across the chest, holding down the elbow with the other to keep it nice and straight. We can sometimes neglect our arms thinking that they won’t be used too much. But this is totally false!
All of these stretches should be held for 30 seconds and repeated once or twice. If done correctly, these stretching exercises will help reduce the likelihood of injury while dancing.
Dancing is super fun, self-expressive, and great exercise. To get the most out of your energies, it is important that you properly stretch before you begin, every single time. This is how your body prepares for the coming exertion. Failure to stretch properly is one of the biggest causes of dancing-related damages. Taking a few minutes to do these stretches is well worth the effort. You’ll thank yourself for it!
At Ikin Dance Australia, we’re all about stretching properly before dancing our booties off. If you’d like to come and shake-it with some of the best Gold Coast dancers and teachers, call us today on 07 5522 1863.