Sara Baurley

Every dancer out there knows the struggle of trying to have perfect lines when dancing. These lines can also sometimes be called extensions. Having good extensions can help with making dance appear more graceful, beautiful, and effortless. From arabesque to leaps, extensions are a crucial part of your dancing. Here are some ways you can improve your extensions:


The more flexible you are, the more straight your extensions will be. This makes over-splits and regular stretch routines so important. The areas that affect your extensions most are your hamstrings, calves, and hip flexors. Stay consistent with your work on flexibility to see results in your technical skills.

Engage Your Core

A strong core is essential for maintaining balance, keeping a straight body, and having control. These skills allow you to move into and hold straight lines. Simple core exercises such as planks and crunches can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. Pilates is another great way to strengthen your core muscles. Take an in-person class or follow along with video tutorials on YouTube for free and flexible exercises.

Stay Consistent

Consistency makes or breaks all the hard work you are putting in. Staying consistent allows you to start seeing results. Stop and start practicing is more like starting over each time than picking up where you left off, so lock in to build a habit you can maintain over a long period.

Listen to your body

Stretching your muscles too much or not allowing for the proper rest time can create injuries. Make sure you set aside days for your body to rest and recover. Listen to your body! If something feels wrong, it probably is. Gradually increase your stretching, workouts, and practices to avoid increasing your risk of injury and setting yourself back.

Visualize it

Our minds are powerful! Seeing something makes it easier to do and make a reality. Practice visualizing what it is you want to do. If you want to have that perfect arabesque coming out of your turn, visualize yourself doing it. Then make it happen. 

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.