This week’s question is about back flexibility. Maybe you are one of those naturally flexible dancers, but for those that aren’t as flexible, progressing in this area can be frustrating – it doesn’t just happen overnight. Read below as our Panel of Dance Teachers tells us how to improve flexibility.
What is your best tip for improving back flexibility? Will I ever be as flexible as my super bendy friends? It’s so easy for them.
Improving back flexibility requires consistency and patience! It’s important to remember that each dancer will have his or her own amount of natural flexibility and also that each dancer’s extension will happen at his or her own part of the spine. Cobra stretches are my go-to stretch for increasing back flexibility. Lie on your tummy with hands flat on the floor beside your shoulders. Press your hands into the floor to lift your head and shoulders off the floor into a backbend. Keep your shoulders pressed down, your hips on the floor and relax your glutes. Hold for 15-20 seconds and repeat, this time with head up to ceiling. Push back into Child’s Pose and repeat a third time, this time allowing feet and head to try to touch. End with more Child’s Pose and then flip over onto your back to bring knees to you chest and roll through your spine. A weekly schedule of consistent stretching will be very helpful, but take it slow and steady and you should see results! Good luck!