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Elastic exercise bands good for 12 year olds for dance?

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NewFerry Fri 05-Apr-13 14:55:58

DD has just returned from a 3 day dance workshop, and tells me that all some of the other girls had exercise bands to help improve their flexibility.

Are these a good idea? Are they suitable for 12 year olds?
And if so, can anyone recommend a suitable brand?

Plus, should she be looking at the long thick piece of elastic? Or the joined elastic band type thingy?

Or would something else be better? Or nothing at all? grin

RedHelenB Fri 05-Apr-13 16:37:13

Ones that they use for flexing their feet? Argos & spoorts shops do them for about a fiver, my dds use them for ballet.

RedHelenB Fri 05-Apr-13 16:37:44

aged 11 & 14

NewFerry Fri 05-Apr-13 17:10:15

Yes that sounds right. smile

Are they a long piece of elastic? Or a joined piece (like a huge elastic band)

LIZS Fri 05-Apr-13 17:11:01

like for Pilates ?

NewFerry Fri 05-Apr-13 17:18:07

Not sure!

I'm a bit concerned that I end up buying the wrong thing and DD ends up injured!

She wants the bands to improve her flexibility - for doing the splits, and I guess for strengthening her feet?

Sparklymommy Fri 05-Apr-13 21:19:14

Ask her dance teacher. My daughter dances and does body conditioning lessons. For those they are meant to have stretch bands (the long price of thin elastic) and they come in differing resistance strengths. They also use the thicker joined bands and balance boards for strengthening their feet. She started these lessons and had her first stretch band when she was 6, although she has been taught how to use it properly. You can get them in most sport shops or on

RedHelenB Sat 06-Apr-13 08:25:08

If you look under therabands on google images your daughter should be able to shoiw you which ones they mean.

marinagasolina Mon 08-Apr-13 09:11:06

DFD used to do a lot of competitive dancing in the US and has one of these for stretch and conditioning- could this be what she means?

You can get different strengths of band for different ages/abilities etc

NewFerry Mon 08-Apr-13 14:44:12

Thanks for all the help everyone. I think we have narrowed down the options and will talk to DDs dance teacher this evening.

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