Jun 25, 2009

Advice Column!

A writer from the Netherlands asks:

Dear Ballerinablogger
Do you know if it is possible for a 23 year old boy, to be able to be flexible enough to do a split and stuff? I really like your videos... and I want to learn..... but I don't really know how to start to practice the right way. Hope you have some answers or tips:D You dance yourself? -

Dear Writer From the Netherlands,
Anyone can do a split regardless of age. It just takes a little effort! Here's one of the simplest exercises to accomplish a split!
Go down into a split as far as you feel that you can go, try to keep your body as upright as possible and support yourself with your hands touching the floor on either side of you. Stay in that position for about 20-30 seconds, then sink down a little farther and stay for 20-30 seconds. Do this every day, twice a day for as long as possible. The longer you stay the better. And be sure to have warm muscles when you do this because I find it helps a ton!
Also, for example when you're laying on the couch watching t.v, grab your leg and pull it towards you as far as you can. Flexibility is something anyone can absolutley acheive, it takes some time and a lot of commitment! Stretch as much as possible in any direction to achieve full flexibility. Another stretch is to sit on the ground and extend both legs straight in front of you. Your feet can be either pointed or flexed but flexing them will stretch the under part of your legs more. Lean your upper body forward towards your legs and hold the position for as long as needed until you feel you can go further. Do that twice a day for about 5-10 minuets. Good luck and keep at it!



  1. Dear Ballerinablogger

    As a child i used to do ballet until i got an injury and had to give it up at the age of 12. im now 17 and hav been doing ballet again for about 9 months. do you think i would be able to dance en pointe or would i be to old to start now??? If it would be possible to do pointe work do you have any exercises that i could do increase the strength and flexability in my arches and my ankles???
    i would really appreciate any advice you have!!!

  2. Dear XAbbie 187X,
    You could definitley start pointe at your age. Of course now it may be slightly harder to accomplish full pointe ability, you could still of course dance en pointe.
    A stretch to increase the flexability in your ankles is:
    (Firstly just know that this exercise is preferably done with pointe shoes on but can be done on flat. Be very careful with this exercise and do not push harder than you should. Work into this one.)
    Sit on the floor with your legs folded under you, point your feet, roll back towards the floor and bring your legs up towards you. Support yourself with your arms out behind you. Now it should look sort of like you are still in your sitting position, just tilting backwards. You should feel a stretch in the front of your ankles and feet. Another exercise is simply to point your feet as hard as you can and hold that position for 20-30 seconds. Point harder and harder each time. Good luck!