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Karen Swift Bodycontrol Certified Insutructor

Pilates for Dance

Pilates is now being recognised as a way for dancers to improve technique and enhance performance.

As a dancer you need excellent core strength, balance and control but at the same time it is important to understand the effects movement has throughout the whole body. Pilates strengthens the deep core muscles of the abdomen and spine while working to correct muscle imbalances and restore the body’s natural alignment and symmetry.

The Pilates method allows you to strengthen and lengthen muscles simultaneously; flexibility is not sacrificed for strength, not strength for flexibility. Pilates is great for increasing stability and peripheral movement.

Benefits of Pilates for dancers include:

Increased core strength, balance and coordination
Improvements in posture, poise and flexibility
Flat, firm abs without doing strenuous sit-ups or crunches
Lean, sculpted legs
Toned and trimmed arms without heavy weights