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Published on: 09 Mar 2012 by susannacha
For all dancers it is important to warm up the body before class, and to strenghten your muscles in order to enhance your dance skills, as well as gain endurance for the ability to perform. Warm ups are important to help prevent injury, strengthening is required to be able to control your body weight and to improve your dance technique.
Firstly, make sure you are comfortable and have suitable dancewear clothing and footwear on. If you are subject to injury it may also be useful to double up on clothes, or wear warm clothing underneath or over your clothes.
You need to prepare your body to dance, increase your body temperature and get the blood rushing around your body. Turn on your favourite track and begin....
1. Make sure you warm up every part of your body (especially the less flexible parts!)
2. Start your neck. Warming of the neck is extremely important as street dance is usually fast, energetic and full of tums.
3. Work every muscle in yuor body, working downwards from your neck to your toes.
4. Try not to neglect parts of your body, it can be easy to skip parts (especially if it is hard work or if the muscles are quite tight).
5. Once you feel warmer and have gently stretched each muscle in your body, do some abdominal crunches. This will improve your core stability, this will help you move faster, endure stamina, and control your body weight.
6. When warming up, make sure you are always pulling up through the centre of your body and maintaining a strong tall posture.
7. Don't forget to warm up your ankles. Your ankles are under lots of strain during dancing and it is important to keep them warm and strengthened.
8. Once you have finished warming up, do jogs or jumps on the spot to get the blood flowing around your body. Take deep breathes and try not to stop until the end of the track!
Happy work out!