I’m curious. I find myself wondering what other dancers think of stretching…
For you, is it:
1. A necessary evil.
2. An enjoyable way to unwind and relax.
3. Just one more part of dance training that is needed.
4. One of the best parts about being a dancer.
Or…fill in your own…
As for me, I have always thought of it as a part of dance training–but one that I didn’t really adore. Stretching is time-consuming, and although I have been lucky enough to be fairly flexible, I’ve always had to keep at it.
Everyone’s body is a bit different. Some of us are tight in the hamstrings, while others have hips that just don’t want to rotate easily. Injuries further complicate matters, as does age. I find now that the importance of a proper warm-up and stretching has taken on a new meaning. At 43, you just have to do it.
So what’s your deal? What is your philosophy on stretching? I’d love to hear from other dancers and teachers and see what they have to say…