Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
"While I dance I can not judge, I can not hate, I can not separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance." -Hans Bos
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FAQQ: Is that you in your pictures?
Q: How can I get more flexible?
A: I highly recommend Lisa Howell's Front Splits Fast program. The name itself sounds sketchy, but it's all about releasing tension that is obstructing your mobility. Sometimes in a desperate attempt to get more flexible, you end up damaging muscle and causing them to spasm or tense up, which is the opposite of what you want. This program helps deal with that issue and is a great new approach to flexibility. Otherwise, just look on YouTube for different stretching videos. Don't hold a stretch for more than 30 seconds, don't push yourself too far, and stay diligent with stretching.
Q: What about back flexibility?
A: This is an area that gave me a lot of grief. I have a picture of back stretches on my profile. When trying to improve your arabesque, put your leg up on a surface that is comfortable with you. Start with a chair, then maybe move up to a table that is the same height as your studio barre. Once you're comfortable with that, you can practice your needle by sliding your leg up against a wall like you're doing the splits against it, but facing away from the wall. Hold a chair in front of you for support.
Q: How can I improve my turnout?
A: I love the frog stretch and wall straddles, as well as oversplits using yoga blocks or any slightly raised surface. Doing clam stretches will strengthen your turnout muscles, which is just as important as flexibility.
Q: How can I improve my dancing in general?
A: Practice makes perfect. Find extra dance classes, watch YouTube videos, and do whatever you can. If you want it, you'll find a way. A lot of dancers are focused on work like Jazz or Contemporary, but everyone dancer should be in ballet. It will help your technique a vast amount, and it's the foundation of all dance. You might even end up enjoying it more than you think.