Stretching may be in fact one of the most important aspects of preparing for your dance classes. With tighter and stiffer muscles during the cooler season, your chances of pulling or injuring a muscle increases. You want to make sure you have the fluidity needed to perform your complex dance moves confidently.
Dynamic Stretching gradually increases the range of motion used and gradually increases the heart rate and increases lubrication to your joints. This is best for your warm up.
Static Stretching is great at the end of class during the cool down. This helps prevent sore muscles as well as helps increase the muscles flexibility if done routinely.
Proper stretching can lead to increased balance, stability, posture and flexibility, while decreasing the risk of injury. This all will lead to a more fluent dancer!
Written by: Tiffiny Kelley