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Excerpt — Conditioning for Dance 2nd Edition PDF With Web Resource

An exercise to enhance balance

Now you graduate to balancing on balls in some basic dance foot positions. This exercise will greatly enhance your balance and also your plié.

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Advanced conditioning for the abdominal muscles

The upper abdominal twist emphasizes strengthening the rectus abdominis and the obliques. It also activates the intercostal (between the ribs) muscles that are actually the continuation into the rib cage of the line of pull of the obliques.

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Strengthening pectoral muscles

By reversing the movement in the preceding exercise, you will strengthen the pectoral muscles and release tension between the shoulder blades.

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