Flexibility and Strength of your back, hips, and chest muscles are crucial for dancers! Especially when performing the advanced skills you see these days.

Todays Technique Tuesday tip is an exercise to help work on the flexibility of the back, chest and hips muscles while building the strength in the spine and other stabilizers to support this flexibility.

Start on your knees(hip-width apart) and arms overhead with hand together. Try to keep your arms behind your ears for the duration of this exercise. Slowly press your hips forward as you lengthen up and back for a backbend. Keep arching back as far as you can without compromising form then return to your starting position, leading with the hips than one vertebra at a time. Repeat this exercise 10-20 times.

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