Mar 14, 2016
What I learned from training with the Raptors Dance Pak
A strong core is key.Source: Instagram @raptorsdancepak Credits: ELLE Canada
I learned this hard way during warm-up. “Having a strong core is so important to dancing and being able to keep your balance and find your centre,” says Amberley Waddell, Dance Pak co-ordinator and choreographer. Her favourite move: while in the splits bend from side to side to work the obliques. READ MORE: Motivational fitness gear to inspire your workout
Weight training can help you dance betterSource: Instagram @raptorsdancepak Credits: ELLE Canada
“I feel that weight training is very important for dancers; the strength in your upper body allows you to hit your movements much stronger,” says Waddell. READ MORE: Why is everyone talking about LISS cardio and should you be doing it?
You have to work on your flexibility every day.Source: Instagram @raptorsdancepak Credits: ELLE Canada
Splits are not conquered overnight. Take time to stretch after every workout, says Waddell, who also uses yoga to keep her limbs loose. READ MORE: How to prevent burnout