Blog Posts on Stretching for Dancers

Should You Use Static Stretching to Improve Flexibility?

Flexibility: For such an important aspect of being a dancer you can count the number of articles I’ve written about stretching on one hand: Stop Stretching Your Hamstrings So Much Stretches You need to stop doing Volume 1 Stretches You Need to Stop Doing Volume 2 5...

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A Core Workout Program for Dancers That Works

Tell me if these corrections sound familiar: “Hold your core tight!” “Suck in your belly “Activate your lower abs!” If these aren’t familiar, then I don’t believe you’ve ever been to a dance class! Or maybe you’re...

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Stretches You Need to Stop Doing vol. 1

In recent years (months, even) I’ve changed my mindset as it relates to flexibility and stretching. Having spent 10+ years contentedly overstretching the crap out of my ligaments and testing the integrity of my hip labrums and knee meniscii (meniscuses?), I am...

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Achieving the Splits Safely

Just a quick (I hope) post today. It’s been a while since the last one, and let’s just say that it’s because I’ve been busy. Doing stuff. And I’m still catching up on work, so today is a cop out blog post where I answer a reader question...

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5 Productive Stretches for Dancers

There’s stretching, and then there’s productive stretching. I now only refer to the stretching I do in sessions with my dancers as “productive stretching”. Mere stretching is unacceptable. My clients deserve better than simply to stretch, and...

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Hip Flexor “Stretching” for the Hypermobile

First, I have to apologize for misleading you with the title. And for the record, the words stretching and hypermobile should never be used in the same sentence. That was just to lure you into reading this article. Muwhahaha…. Anyway, I haven’t written the...

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Stop Stretching Your Hamstrings So Much

A few days ago I had an interesting conversation with a client of mine about body awareness. Specifically, on the importance of listening to your body when it tells you you’re in pain. Pain exists for a reason- To guide you. To teach you. To give you some very...

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Are Your Muscles Really “Tight”?

I have some sad news. As some of you know, I have, for the past several months, been working towards a 225lb deadlift, with the goal being to pull it by Halloween. In a ninja costume. Just kidding… Just last week it looked like I might even be able to accomplish...

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Smart Mobility for Dancers- Better Ways to Stretch

“So, you’re a dancer! You must be really flexible- Do you stretch a lot?” The amount of times I’ve heard that… Yes- I’ll admit, I am pretty darn flexible (used to be, anyway, before I injured my hamstring). Do I stretch a lot? Well, not really. Was I always flexible?...

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