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What are good stretches to have a better left leg?

As a dancer, I'm good with my right leg but left leg needs work. #stretchme #tips

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Amrutha Sarvani’s Answer

Flexibility is an important part of dance. Dance flexibility can take up to 6 months or a year of constant discipline depending on the age of the dancer. It can be frustrating for dancers who expect to see results right away.

Here are 5 of the best stretches that'll improve and prepare you for any type of dance.
Hamstring Stretch
Step 1: Sit down on the ground and extend your legs in front of you. Your toes should be either pointed or flexed.

Step 2: Place your arms in 1st or 5th position and slowly extend them over your legs.

Step 3: Let your torso follow your extension and relax your body into the stretch.

Step 4: Hold, release-then repeat with your feet in the other position.

Kneeling Quad Stretch
Step 1: Kneel on the ground and slowly extend your left foot in front of you, make sure your foot is placed flat on the floor. Your leg should be bent at a 90 degree angle at the knee.

Step 2: Slowly and gently push your hips towards your left leg.

Step 3: Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds than release

Step 4: Bring your left leg back down and repeat the stretch with your right leg.

Split Stretch
Step 1: Sit on the floor with your back straight and centered. Extend your legs outward as wide as you can.

Step 2: Carefully rotate your torso towards the right then move your torso over your right leg. Remember to breathe and go slow.

Step 3: Keep extending till you feel your body “stretch”. Hold this pose until your muscles relax.

Step 4: Slowly come back up and repeat with your left leg.

Quadriceps Stretch
Step 1: Stand up straight and being careful that your back doesn’t arch or curve grab your ankle.

Step 2: Hold this position for a short time, make sure your back doesn’t arch.

Step 3: Repeat with the other ankle.

Shoulder/Arm Stretch
Step 1: Stand up straight and extend your arms in front of your body.

Step 2: Interlock your fingers and slowly rotate your wrists so the flat of your palm is facing away from you.

Step 3: Lift your arms over your head and hold this pose for 10 to 15 seconds. Before moving your arms back down, place your left hand behind your head.

Step 4: Take your right hand and gently grasp your left elbow, proceed to press it down as much as you can. Hold this position for 10 seconds, and then repeat with your right hand behind your head and your left hand holding your right elbow.

To improve your dancer flexibility, stretching should be apart of your daily routine. Just keep at it and you’ll start to see a noticeable difference. All the best! :-) Kimbriel.