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Round Dance Tips by Tim Eum—

Stretching

Do you always get up to dance the first dance straight away? Do you ever stretch a little before dancing? You should. 

Sit down and start by rotating your toes and ankles first one way and then the other. Lift your feet and push your toes as far away as possible then pull them back and repeat. Stand up then sit down a few times to get the kinks out of your knees. Stand up and rotate your body around the waist. Keep your knees straight and then try touching your toes. Take a wide stance and then alternately bend one knee and stretch the other leg. Stretch your arms out and in, high and low, front and back. Finally relax your neck and rotate your head in a circle and then reverse direction. Repeat any areas that still feel unstretched. 

You know you’ve done a good stretch if you are now so relaxed that you feel like taking a little nap. But get up and do that first dance instead!


Tim Eum originally prepared these Tips for
Calls 'n' Cues, (WASCA);
reprinted in the Dixie Round Dance Council
(DRDC) Newsletter, January 2010

 

 


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