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help with the splits

Guest DanceBallRev

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Hi, DBR and welcome to Ballet Talk here on Ballet Alert! Online!:)


The rule for practicing a split for a complete beginner is simple. Don't go down too far. When you're just starting stretches, there is a "stretchy" feeling and and "OW" feeling. When you feel that you're about to go over into actual pain, just "sit out" of the split. Bend your back leg and make a jazz split out of it. There's no sense in hurting yourself, and about half of ballet is teaching the student how not to hurt himself.

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