A more advanced version of the last stretch. Start with hands over your head (first position), then reach toward your left leg. Be sure to keep your arms overhead and your body facing forward. Keep both legs and hips on the floor. Come back up to the center and stretch over toward the right leg. Now, bend forward with your nose toward the floor, arms overhead.
This will stretch your legs, hips, and work your abs as you support the balance of your body in the stretch. Hold each stretch 20-30 seconds.
For the next beginning ballet floor stretch, sit on the floor with your legs outstretched on either side. Just like in the stretch before, flex your toes up toward your torso and point them down to the floor.
Do 10-20 reps hold each stretch 10-20 seconds each time.
Stretching is so so good for you. Before I dance, I always stretch–it warms up the muscles and gets you focused on the next part of class.
A very beginner ballet stretch is to stretch the feet to prepare for pointing the toes. Here’s how to do it: (How do you like my little bunheads?)
First sit up tall on your sits bones, legs outstretched. Point your toes up to the sky, flexing toward your torso until you feel a good stretch. Then point your toes forward trying to touch the floor with your toes. Make sure your knees remain on the floor and you back stays straight. Do 10 reps holding each stretch for 10-20 seconds.