What is it: warm up? The key word here is warm. Simply put, you are trying to increase the temperature of your your tissues specifically, those your about to use). When you move faster and for a prolonged period time or increase your intensity,your heart pumps more blood to the working muscles, which, in essence, “warms” the muscle tissue. Warmer tissues means better muscle performance and less chance of straining muscle.
Your warm-up gets blood into the muscle, which warms them, preparing them for elongatIon, contractions and loading.
Your warm-up “lubes” your joints, pumping in synovial fluid, your body’s natural motor oil.
Your warm up triggers your sympathetic nervous system, preparing your body for movement and dynamic activity (fight, flight or freeze).
Warm-ups can also be used to practice skills, technique and form.
The warm-up is good opportunity for the dancer to prepare themselves mentally for the dance ahead.
My typical dance warm-up before New York “Chicago-Style” Stepping
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