Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Little Ballerina

My little princess on her way to her first ballet class. She was so excited, I can see the gleam in her eyes. For weeks, she kept on asking me when her first class is going to be. Finally, her big day arrived. She was very graceful in the dance floor. I am so proud of my little darling.

If you have children who are into ballet. I found this website really helpful. This site offer practical dancing tips for teachers, parents and ballet students. I found out that stretching is really important before and after dancing ballet because it helps improve flexibility, reduces risk of injury and it reduces soreness of muscless.
1.  More flexibility.  A few dancers are “noodles”.  They can twist themselves into pretzels.  They don’t need more flexibility.  Most of us are not like that.  Most of us need to stretch to get the freedom of good turnout.  We need to stretch to get the soaring arabesques and the effortless extensions that are so beautiful.
2.  Fewer injuries. Have you ever kicked your leg up with too much force and pulled your hamstring muscle?  Or maybe you fell and pulled something.  Dancers who are flexible are less likely to get these types of injuries because their muscles can handle the unexpected stretch.
3.  Less sore.  When you work a muscle hard or in a new way, it will often be sore for a couple of days.  For example, it you lift your leg to the front and hold it until it trembles, your thigh muscles (quadraceps) are probably going to be sore.  If you stretch them out right away, you increase the flow of blood to the overworked muscle and it will not be as sore.

If you need more information about ballet, I also recommend reading this book by Sandra Noll Hammond. Ballet Basics  is a well-illustrated introduction to the fundamentals of ballet technique. The text also provides an overview of the history of ballet and introduces students to the world of ballet.

Here's a quick preview of my daughter's ballet class..

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