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 Post subject: Male Dancer and Flexibility
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 6:42 pm 

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How important is flexibility for male dancers?

Will one trained extensively on flexibility?

What are your views? Care to share?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 2:33 am 

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Location: Canada

I think that flexibility is as important for a male dancer as for a female dancer, but all cases it must be accompanied by an equal strengAth to make use of the flexibility.

First of all, flexibility, balanced with muscular strength, helps to prevent injuries. And even though men are rarely called upon to go to extremes of flexibility in performance, they need to have elegant, easy line.

Men used to be able to get away with less flexibility, but that's no longer the case. My observations are that, at least in major companies, men usually can stretch to at least 180 degrees with each leg, even if they can't hold the leg there unaided.

As to training - many male dancers do Pilates, and often ballet schools will do weight training with them as well. So, from their earliest days, stretching is part of the daily routine, both before, during and after class.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:19 pm 

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Location: Seattle, WA. USA
I agree with the previous poster. It's important to build into the class structure some time for stretching. This could be at the beginning for about 10 minutes or so that not only works on flexibility but also with gradually warming the body up so it's ready for the technical demands of class and is fully able to realize them.

Stretching after class, even if only for a minute or two, is important too and helpful.

Dean Speer

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