Belly Dancing - Stretching and Warming Up

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Sometimes we can spend so much time getting ready for our belly dance class or a performance that we forget to stretch or warm up - this can spell big trouble as a vigorous belly dance performance can be like running a marathon!

A few things to keep in mind whilst warming up is to keep it simple and gentle, retain good posture and regular breathing. I have included some tips for stretching below.

Don't forget to have fun!

Tips for stretching

·  Spend at least 5 to 10 minutes warming up your muscles before   stretching. For example, walking gently while swinging your arms in wide circles.
·  Start each stretch slowly, exhaling as you gently stretch the muscle.
·  Hold each stretch for 10 to 30 seconds.
   Common stretching mistakes to avoid:
·  Don't bounce during a stretch.
·  Don't stretch a muscle that is not warmed up.
·  If a stretch hurts, ease up. Don't strain or push a muscle too far.
·  Don't hold your breath while stretching.

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