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The importance of warming up before exercise
Professional dancers Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova show us the best way to warm up before dancing. The warm-up emphasises the importance of stretching muscles and getting the heart rate slightly up before embarking on physical exercise. The dancers focus on head rolls, shoulder rises, stretches and rolls, side stretches, hip rolls, thigh stretches and hamstring stretches. This clip was first created on the Strictly Come Dancing website: bbc.co.uk/strictlycomedancing/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
As part of a PE / Dance lesson, the children can perform these exercises as a group in the hall. It should be used at the beginning of all dance sessions within this series.
Ask the class why it is important to warm up before exercise and why the professional dancers particularly need to do it. Ask the class why these particular muscle groups are being targeted as opposed to others such as the arms, stomach or back.
Can the class think of any other warm up exercises that might benefit the dancers before they start dancing? Ask the class how they feel after warming up. Is their heart beating slightly faster? Do they their muscles feel warmed up or do they need to stretch a little further?
How does the warm up 'mentally prepare' them for dancing?
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