stretching exercises because they need to first develop their strength before stretching any specific muscle
groups. But for older dancers, flexibility exercises will lead to better turnout and extensions,
which will in turn make them better dancers. Make sure to perform these exercises after
you've already warmed up.
One goal of all dancers is a 180-degree turnout of the hips while executing steps. This is naturally easier for some to achieve than others; however, with the correct stretching and strengthening exercises anyone can increase their turnout. The turnout refers to the hips rotating out or opening up to 180 degrees, where the toes are pointed right and left, knees directly over the toes and hips directly lined up with the knees. It is necessary for dancers to gradually and naturally increase their turnout, since forced hip turnout can lead to alignment problems, back problems and knee and ankle injuries. When training as a dancer, many hours are spent in the studio working on set exercises, steps and choreography. While training may offer a type of fitness regime, dancers should try other types of conditioning or cross-training exercises to complement their dance training and to help prevent injuries.