Margo Ging, PTA's blog

Notes from the Barre: Dance to Improve Health

dance to improve healthA dancer squeezes her ballet stretch class in between a hectic schedule of school, work and running errands. The long drive to the studio is fraught with rainy weather and crazy drivers. The dancer is nursing a cold and feeling stressed. When she arrives at the studio, she feels rushed and has to scurry to get to class on time. As the music begins, she places her feet in first position and breathes a sigh of relief.

Notes from the Barre: Proper Stretching To Achieve a Balanced Body

dance stretchIt is half time in ballet class. After forty minutes of barre work, the teacher tells the dancers to stretch before they begin to work on pirouettes and jumps. On queue, the dancers take to the floor and sit in the ever popular straddle position. Unfortunately, it is likely they will remain in that position until they begin the next combination.

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