The answer is corrective exercise and rehab season! The initial part of the offseason is a great opportunity to take a month and sort out muscle imbalances and nagging aches and pains.
Competition dance uses the muscles on the right and left sides of the body differently; they need rebalancing.
Here are three tips to help dancers bring their muscles back into balance:
Hip flexors versus hamstrings
Lie on your back with your hips and knees at 90 degrees. Place 2 fingers of your right hand on your right hamstring. Place 2 fingers of your left hand on top of your left thigh. Gently contract your core and the muscles you are touching. Hold for 30 seconds. See how this impacts your symmetry in the splits!
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Lie on your back. Bring your left knee upward and across the body to rotate the low back. Your shoulder blades should be flat on the floor. Your left knee should be across your body on (or close to) the floor. Place your right hand on your left knee. Engage your core and left glutes to push your left knee up into your right hand. Hold 30 seconds.
Make friends with your feet
Dancers’ feet are their tools! Try the toe-lace exercise. Sit in a chair and cross the left ankle over the right thigh. Inter-lace the fingers of the right hand between each toe of the left foot. Use the right hand to guide the foot up and down from flexing to full pointing. Repeat 10x. Be sure to move the ankle in a straight line.
See how this impacts the ease of going up en releve.
Repeat all exercises on both sides.
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