Happy Happy October folks! Fall is officially here!

NEW CLASS: Adult Stretch

We will be offering an adult 18+ stretch class! Come join us at Great Oaks from 9:30-10:30am on Wednesday mornings with Miss Lory! We will be starting class on October 12. All levels welcome, come join us! This stretch class blends strength and stretching movement with the graceful control of dance to tone and invigorate the body and release stress. The aim is to develop core strength, ease and open joints and muscles, and bring an overall more flexible and balanced body. Classes will follow our Body Drop and Adult tap class punch card system.  Register today!

*Must bring a yoga mat and Thera-Band to class

5  Tips for Improving your Flexibility!

1. Stretch every day if you can:
It’s important to keep your muscles as loose as possible as a dancer, so stretching everyday gives them that added elasticity. The more you stretch, the more tolerant your muscles become to the pain, making your workout / practice more painless.

2. Warming up before taking on stretches:
As dancers we need to take care of our bodies, so making sure our muscles are fully warm, by doing a warmup before full stretches is important. Stretching with cold muscles can put a strain on your muscles which isn’t helpful.

3. Hold each stretch for at least 60 seconds:
Making sure you are holding each stretch ensures that your muscles are improving their elasticity. Do not stretch to the point of pain (see below), just until you can feel the tension. This usually occurs around 10-20 seconds into stretching. Repeat the stretch until 60 seconds has completed. Do not hold a stretch longer than 2 minutes at a time. Over time, you will start to see an improvement in your flexibility.

4. Never stretch to the point of pain!
When stretching we need to make sure we are starting with light stretches and building them up slowly. We also need to take into account that everybody’s body is different, so work to your maximum, not the person next to you!

5. Remember to make stretching fun!
Stretch whilst watching TV or playing games. Stretch with friends for added resistance. Stretching becomes less of a chore if you have someone to share and enjoy it with.

6. Drink LOTS of water
to help flush the muscles from toxins and allow even more elasticity in the muscles.
Have a great week dance fam!

xxx’s & ooo’s

tHe dAnCeWoRkS


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