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Front Split
Front splits

Front split

Photo © Tracy Wicklund
Many dancers have trouble learning how to do splits. Flexibility is important for dancing, as many dance steps are nearly impossible to perform without being extremely limber. The ability to sit in split positions will greatly improve lower body flexibility and increase maximum extension.

In dance, a front split is named according to the leg that is extended to the front. (If the right leg is extended forward, the split is referred to as a right split). Doing splits is easier for some people than others, so don't be discouraged if it takes you a little longer to get them.

If you would like to get your front or straddle splits, or improve on the ones you already have, try to make it a point to stretch every day. Stretching can be fun, but it should also be a bit challenging. Begin each stretching session with easy and gentle stretches. Never stretch to the point of pain.

If you have access to a barre, try these great barre stretches for splits.

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