Ballet is intense. Don't be fooled by how graceful it looks, or that it's just "Disney princesses dancing." That dancing that you see takes serious work and dedication. The strength and flexibility that ballerinas possess is no joke. How many people do you know that can walk with all of their body weight on their big toes, or can leap and soar through the air with style and grace? We're guessing not many...
Our friend Amy-Beth is a ballerina who showed us some pretty awesome moves that you can do to improve your strength and flexibility. Do these moves outside, inside, where ever. That's the best part. It's not limited to location. Here are her tips on how to do three different types of pliés. (A plié is what a squat is called in ballet...) or as we like to call them, the Ballerina Squats.
From Amy Beth:
I practiced for 15 years, but then had to stop because I developed arthritis in my hips from over-stretching and over-use.
When you hear the word fighter, what do you think of? What does being a fighter mean to you?
To me a fighter is anyone who doesn't just lie down and accept the cards they've been dealt. I don't like to speak for others but I personally always find myself being a fighter in one aspect or another. Don't settle for what you were dealt, fight for what you really want.
What's your favorite ballet performance?
Well my favorite to perform was The Arabian from The Nutcracker. But my favorite to watch is Giselle.