Ballet dancers have to demonstrate incredible amounts of flexibility during their performances, and during the summer months you may lose some of this flexibility. To make sure you are all equipped to get straight in to things in September here’s some of my favourite stretches to get your muscles prepared for the new year.
Practice turning your legs out with this basic stretch.
How to: Sit on the ground with your knees bent. Touch the bottoms of your feet together. Let your knees drop to the side as far as they can. You should feel a slight stretch in your hips at this point. Increase the stretch by leaning forward and using your elbows to press your knees down towards the ground.
Seated Hamstring Stretch
This is a simple stretch that lets you stretch both hamstrings at the same time.
How to: Sit on the ground with your legs out straight in front of you. Lean forward with your upper body and reach towards your feet, keeping your knees straight. Reach as far as you can until you feel a stretch in the back of your legs.
Practice extending your legs out straight to the side with this difficult stretch.
How to: Sit on the floor with your leg straight and spread out to the side as far as possible. Try to make your legs face in opposite directions. Then, lean forward into the stretch as far as possible. Take it slow with this stretch and only go as far as you feel comfortable.
Keep up these over the Summer and you will be in a great place to start the new term!