Ballet Stomach Strengthening Moves

Ballet dancers must have strong abs for balance and stability.
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Working your stomach muscles flattens and strengthens them. These are two crucial goals for a ballet dancer. Strong core muscles give a ballet dancer the balance, stability and strength required to leap with grace. Whether you are a professional ballet dancer, or want to gain the strong abs of one, performing targeted exercises three to four times per week for at least a month will deliver results.

V-Sits

    Step 1

    Sit down on the floor with knees bent, your feet flat on the ground.

    Step 2

    Extend your legs into the air, keeping them as straight as possible.

    Step 3

    Lift your arms into the air slightly behind you, forming a “V” with your body. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

Ballet Crunches

    Step 1

    Lie on a mat on your back.

    Step 2

    Bend your knees and point your toes. Place your toes so that they are touching the mat.

    Step 3

    Lift your upper body off of the mat and extend your arms out to your sides, in second position.

    Step 4

    Raise your arms up over your head into first position.

    Step 5

    Lower your body back down to the ground. Repeat 30 times.

Extended Lateral Leg Lifts

    Step 1

    Stand up holding onto the top of a chair with your right hand.

    Step 2

    Extend your left leg out to your side as high as you can, ideally parallel with the floor.

    Step 3

    Lift your left arm into the air.

    Step 4

    Move your left leg forward and backward eight times.

    Step 5

    Lower your leg back to the ground. Repeat on the right side.

    Warnings

    • Talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.

    Things You'll Need

    • Mat

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