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. Don’t forget to do some light cardio (a set of jumping jacks, or free dance for a song) to get your blood flowing to those muscles before you stretch.

Lunge:  This is to help the back leg of your split.  Think about bringing your hip bone towards the floor.  Relax as much as possible and hold for 30 seconds to a minute.

Reverse Lunge:  Here we’re stretching the front leg of our split.  Again remember to relax and breathe.  Hold each leg for 30 seconds to a minute.

Partner Stretch:  You can use a partner to help stretch your splits.  Lay on your back and have your partner bring your leg up until you feel a good stretch.  Be sure to keep both sides of your bum on the ground.

For fastest results try to stretch five days a week.  Remember to hold your stretches for at least 30 seconds and relax those muscles!

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Categories: Exercises For Dancers

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