oops. I am back. 3 reasons why we stretch:
1. to increase flexibility and freedom of movement
2. to reduce muscle tension
3. to reduce the risk of muscle and tendon injuries.
How to stretch:
hold stretch (including splits practice) 10-20 seconds but like any stretch DO NOT BOUNCE.
Repeat the stretch 2-3 times
Stretch slowly, gently and keep breathing
Stretch to the point of tension but NEVER PAIN
Select the major muscle groups used in your particular style of dance and stretch them through their full range of movement
The entire stretching session should take approx 15-20 minutes. To increase or maintain flexibility and muscle suppleness, a 20 minute stretching session of 2-3 times a week is recommended. This session can either be part of or seperate to your chosen dancig activity.
also important is that after the warmup session and the stretching session, unless going onto more activity, should be followed by a cool down session.
hoping this answers your question lampwick. My personal number one goal in each and every class is to maintain a SAFE DANCE PRACTICE.