Exercise bands, Thera-bands or similar resistance training are often suggested for dancers to increase the strength with at-home practice. What exercises should dancers do and what can be done safely at home, without a teacher to observe incorrect habits being formed?
We will be exploring these questions and more during our series: Thera-bands for Dancers
What is a Thera-band?
Thera-band is a brand name for thick elastic bands that adds resistance to simple exercises, making them more challenging and more efficient. Because they are flexible, you can use them to strengthen muscles that otherwise are otherwise difficult to strengthen (foot and ankle muscles).
Exercise bands are often used in physical therapy and for injury recovery. Thera-bands are also one of the least expensive and most portable pieces of equipment you can buy.
After the jump, read about the different types of bands available and where you can get them.
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