Exercises For Dancers

Get More Flexible By “Finding Space” In Your Stretch

Savannah FlexibleWe're always looking for ways to get more flexible in less time.  Over the weekend I listened to an interesting podcast of an interview with Pavel Spetnaz by Tim Ferriss.  He’s a physical trainer for world class athletes in all sorts of genres and has trained Spetnaz (the soviet special forces) as well as the US Navy Seals. One of the topics of the podcast was flexibility and I was interested in his idea of “finding space” in order to increase your flexibility.  (more…)

By Dance Concepts, ago
Exercises For Dancers

Get Your Splits

The splits are a must-have for most dancers.  You’ll never have perfect leaps or impressive kicks and extensions without them.  While we stretch in each dance class, if you only take one or two classes a week that may not be enough to get your splits unless you also work at home.  Try these stretches on your own to get your splits better and faster. (more…)

By Dance Concepts, ago
Exercises For Dancers

Foot Rolls

This is one of the most basic foot exercises we can do as dancers and is a great thing to be working on this summer.  It's a simple exercise that everyone can benefit from.  We encourage all of you - from our little guys all the way through the top of Level 5 - to take a few minutes and make yourself a better dancer with stronger and more flexible feet. (more…)

By Dance Concepts, ago
Exercises For Dancers

Ankle Presses on a Step to Strengthen Your Eleve and Releve

As dancers we tend to spend a lot of time on demi pointe.  Ballet, jazz, contemporary, and even tap dancers can benefit from strengthening and improving their releve (hip hop dancers, you can have a pass here-but do the exercises anyway, strength is good).  Dancers who are working towards getting pointe shoes should pay special attention to developing a very solid releve to demi pointe.  Even parents and siblings who would like to strengthen their calves and ankles are welcome to play.

The only tool required today is a step (any step will do, even a curb, but it’s best if you have a wall or banister to hold for balance).  Start with your toes on the edge of a step and your heel hanging down below the level of your toes. (more…)

By Dance Concepts, ago