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  1. A thought provoking article: https://dancemagazine.com.au/2019/09/why-the-australian-ballet-dancers-quit-stretching/
  2. Safely designed footstretcher for sale, only used a few times before starting at ballet school, so not needed anymore. Bought new for £125, selling for £60 for quick sale. THE-footstretcher™ is designed to stretch your feet safely* and properly. Exclusively available in the UK through selected trusted outlets, its patent-pending design releases pressure from the heel and the achilles tendon as you stretch. It also stretches your foot in the correct position (winged line) on and off the floor to help you feel your lines in different positions. 60 foot exercises and 6 foot workouts ranging from easy to hard are also provided to strengthen your feet. With a twist of the hand, THE-footstretcher™ also becomes a foot roller and a muscle massager. Furthermore, it features a thumb-like end to help you release your trigger points. Its detachable design and light weight allows it to be very portable, so when you are finished stretching, exercising and massaging you can simply put it in your ballet bag and bring it anywhere with you.
  3. Please could anyone help point me in the direction of something useful online about how stretching can actually be bad for some people? I remember reading something a few months ago and am now struggling to find it but I need to speak to a dance teacher about how I don't want a child forced in stretches as I really don't think it is going to help her and I actually have concerns about it. She doesn't dream of being a dancer in the future so I can't see it is necessary anyway. thank you
  4. I hear about 'facility' all the time in the ballet world and would think they are talking about body proportions/headsize/neck/feet etc just wondering if anyone has ever had direct feedback wrt their childs 'facility' in either a good or bad way ? Obv in an audition they are looking at this but also flexibility and I also wonder what are the 'standard tests they do ? is it just splits? touching toes? taking shoes off to look at arch ...just wondering about what goes on actually in order to perhaps guide my child in her approach to auditions/ flexi training and also try and have realistic expectations towards there bodies. How much stretching is done by your 10 year olds in class/out of class? How tough are they at RBS on flexibility at RBS auditions- do they do a physical assessment ? thanks x
  5. Hello! My daughter keeps trying to contort herself into more and more extreme stretches but I get concerned about her pushing too hard or doing herself some damage. I asked another dance mum and she said she uses a flexibility app with her kids. Can anyone recommend anything she can use to ease into things safely? Thanks x
  6. Hello, looking for suggestions of a DVD or youtube etc which my 10 yo could use to do stretching dance exercises safely. She currently makes up her own to pop songs. Thank you.
  7. DD (11) is slightly hypermobile. Not the full blown ehlers danlos sort, but enough that it's going to be a problem, I think. The prevailing view at her dance school seems to be that if she does enough dance, the muscles will probably strengthen enough to support the joints and if not, we can cross that bridge when we come to it. And meantime, let's make use of that flexibility. There's quite a bit of stretching in class, and DD finds it quite painful. Now I'd be the first to admit that she's a total wuss, but still it seems to hurt a lot more than stretching used to hurt me at her age (by her age I'd been down to splits and oversplits 3 ways for years) and in particular, it doesn't seem to matter what the degree of stretch is. I tell her that it is better to get a mild stretch and just hold it for a while and do it every day than to push yourself too hard. But any amount of stretch is painful and she backs out of it very quickly. It doesn't help that she's overpronating and a bit knock-kneed, and I think some of the stretches they do are aggravating that. DH works for an overseas company which is in the process of *finally* setting up a private health care scheme, and as soon as they do I am planning to take her both to a podiatrist (to correct the overpronation) and to a sports physio, if I can find one that specialises in this sort of thing. But it has been delayed a few times, so while they claim it will be signed up by mid-October, I'm not sure how long it will really be. Does anyone have any experience/advice in the meantime? Hypermobility in dancers can't be uncommon, so I was hoping there would be relevant advice I could google - but it seems to work on the assumption that stretching is easy and you need to discourage overstretching. Her problem seems to be that the joints are hypermobile but the muscles are tight, so stretching is difficult/painful and all the force is going through the joint.
  8. Hope that you can help. After a 'No' for Elmhurst Extended Associates, my DD has set herself the target of increasing her flexibility before she applies again. I am so impressed with the way that she has taken this recent rejection so I want to do everything I can to help her. Does anybody know of any specific classes that can help her with this in addition to her normal classes? I've searched on here and read about a flexibility DVD...any good? She has a flexi stretcher band but isn't really using it as I suspect she needs to know what to do with it really! We're based in the Midlands. Many thanks
  9. Does anybody else struggle to get there dd or ds to do streching at home.
  10. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3269329/Girls-young-11-suffering-painful-injuries-attempting-extreme-dance-moves-online.html
  11. My DD struggles with Penches,will this be nessecary for getting into a vocational upper school? Does anyone have any stretches or tips to achieve a penche?
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