How to be more flexible

by Mia

How do I become more flexible?

Comments for How to be more flexible

Click here to add your own comments

Jul 17, 2015
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Mia,

Flexibility can be gained, but it requires patience and a long and disciplined process of work.

I suppose you are a dancer, so I recommend you to make from half an hour to one hour of stretching exercises every day when you wake up, after your breakfast. This means that you need to organize your life so that you have that time available.

Also, you should stretch again before any class or rehearsal, if you’re body is cold. The time for this depends on the class or rehearsal that follows, as much as on your physiological needs. Therefore you should observe your body and its reactions to movement so that you learn to recognize what you need.

Once you’ve finished rehearsal or class and are very warm, you should stretch again. Do this after performances too, even if you are willing to go out and talk to the audience immediately.
Do some stretching before going to bed…
Summary:…to be more flexible you need to do a lot of stretching… a looooooooooot…

However, remember that dance is not only about acrobatics. I tell you this because that’s what you need the flexibility for. Dance is also about expression, musicality, sensing, thinking, communicating, relating to a context and other issues. If you are not very flexible, you can always dance, maximizing any of the other components of dance as an aesthetical strategy.

We have a page about basic yoga that may be helpful for your stretching routines. Find it here:

Basic Yoga

Warm regards,


Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Dance Questions About Technique.

Custom Search
Custom Search


Custom Search

The Dance Thinker is our occasional E-zine. Fill in the form below to receive it for free and join us.

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you The Dance Thinker.

The Dance Thinker

Post contemporary dance announcements (workshops, auditions, performances, meetings and important news... it is free.)