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Hello! I'm fourteen and I dance five days a week. On Mondays, Wednesday's, and Friday's, I have a technique/pointe class, followed by either choreography, partnering, variations, or a dance connection class. I have a thirty minute break and then I have another technique/pointe class. In my first ballet class, I feel flexible and have a better range of motion in my joints. By my next ballet class however, I feel tight and sore and like I can barely move. My feet feel less flexible and my turnout feels limited too. I usually stretch between classes but I still feel this way. Is there anything else I can do about this problem? I feel like my dancing is a lot better in my first ballet class. Thanks in advance. :)

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I don't have any really good answers for this, pirouettegirl, but I would much prefer that you have not have so much technique/pointe on one day and so close to together. It would be much better to have classes 5 days a week, instead of so many on 3 days. In the meantime, you can try staying warm, but also hydrating between those classes, and maybe having a little bit of a snack for energy. It could be that you are over-stretching between classes, so try letting those muscles rest a bit. :)

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Okay thanks again. I don't really have a choice as to the days I have the conservatory classes or the length of the break, but I'll do my best. Thank you!

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