The tradition of ballet has surpassed early foundations since the creation of the pointe shoe - from higher extensions to precision of movement and turnout.
While the courts of King Louis emphasized the subtle beauty of regal movements, ballet dancers since that time must now work to add physicality and strength. Dancers join these traits to complete the movement patterns required of choreographic standards in the current dance world and to appear effortless in these movements. The body then becomes a means of artistic expression, divulging the dancer’s soul.
"To fully express oneself through movement as a skilled professional, reach the top of the field and avoid injury, today’s dancers realize that an effective strength and flexibility routine is needed." -Rachel Hamrick, FLX Founder & Flexistretcher Creator
Implementing a conditioning routine that complements the daily grind of ballet class will allow the dancer to advance and improve technique rather than only maintaining it. Repetition of movements incorrectly each day can hinder improvement and lead to overused muscle groups with eventual injury. To cope with the hardcore effects of injury, dancer’s often turn to Pilates and Physical Therapy. Yet, applying these same principles to your daily training routine can keep supple, agile muscles in full range of motion and improve functional strength. You can then avoid injury, stay in peak performance shape, and reach your maximum potential.
With the increase in taxing demands placed on a dancer’s body, waiting for an injury to instill these exercises will not advance you further but simply revert you to pre-injury form.
The life of a dancer or elite level athlete is so rigorous with rehearsals and practice 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. In times of fatigue is when weaknesses of the body are apparent, and the body is more prone to injury, it's important to find a balance of maintaining the body and but still evolving physically and mentally. That's where FLX comes in.
FLX Founder, Rachel Hamrick, has researched and created tailored exercises with custom designed products that are portable, effective and compliment a dancer's lifestyle. FLX products are the outcome of not only personal experience but researched training for ballet-specific movement patterns that adhere to the aesthetic required of the art form. Serving the needs of the professional dancer, they assist to maintain and further improvements in technique, keeping the body in its elite form and advancing to one’s fullest capabilities.