How to be more flexible

by Mia
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How do I become more flexible?



FIRST ANSWER:

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 relax and stretch again before any class or rehearsal, if your 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.

You may do some stretching before going to bed too…

Summary:…to be more flexible you need to do a lot of stretching… a looooooooooot… . But again, each dancer has specific physiological needs, so always pay attention to the messages coming from your body. Too much pain is not a good sign.

Also, 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,

Maria

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Nov 14, 2017
Can I start at 12
by: Anonymous

I am 11 going to turn 12 next month.I would really want to dance and my mom is willing to pay for dance classes as from next year.But will I be able to dance at 12?I am a bit fat n I think I will not cope 😢😢please help me....please tell me what to do and where to start because I have no clue of how to dance!


Thank you😘😘

Nov 16, 2017
Start dancing at 12
by: Maria

Hi there!

We have a chat in our forum that will give you the answer. Please take your time to read:

Can I start dancing contemporary at 16?

And there's this one about where to start:

Where to start contemporary dance ?

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Dec 28, 2017
Really love watching dance and would love to do it
by: Lily

I just turned 12 in October . I would really like to start dancing like modern andcontemporary but if I did will I be in grade 1 with all the mini dancers or will I be with my sge group ? 😁😀



Kind regards
Lily
PS:do u know any good dance schools in EastLondon?

Jan 02, 2018
Reply for Lily
by: Maria

Dear Lily,

Your teacher will decide in which group you fit better. I understand that you prefer to be with partners of your same age, but if they are more advanced, it may be better to be with the ‘minis’ for a while, to catch something up before.

All the information I have about dancing schools is located in our directory:

contemporary dance schools

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