As dancers, we are always looking for new tools that can help improve our natural dance ability. However, these tools can sometimes be really expensive and difficult to find. But fear not, there are many items right within your home that can function as great dance tools. Here are MTD’s favorites:
1. Dish Towels
There are many functions that dish towels can serve to dancers. Not only are they great for wiping off all the sweat after a tough class, but also they can help in stretching and strengthening. Here are some of our favorite exercises:
Lay on your back and raise one leg vertically into the air and flex your foot.
Taking a dish towel, drape it over your foot creating almost a stir-up. Grabbing both sides of the towel, you can pull your leg closer to you, open it to the side, or cross it over the body for a deep stretch.
Begin by sitting on your knees. Roll up the dish towel so it creates almost a
cinnamon-roll shape. Place the towel underneath one foot and gently sit back onto the foot. This will stretch the foot and ankle.
Lay the dish towel flat on the floor and stand at one end of the towel with just your toes on the towel. Begin scrunching up your toes to curl the towel toward you. Continue to flex and curl the toes to gather in the towel. This exercise will help strengthen the feet and is great for pointe work.