People ALWAYS ask us if they can get "a dancer's body" by doing Pilates, and, sadly, there's not a simple answer to that question! Truly, if you want a dancer's body, it's probably a good idea to DANCE (as well as do Pilates, of course)! And by dance, we don't mean "fitness dance"! We mean a structured dance class that focuses on true dance technique, whether it be ballet, ballroom, tap, tango, swing, etc. THAT plus Pilates will help to sculpt the coveted dancer's body.
As dancers who danced, then worked in corporations, then went to graduate school, then danced again, then stopped dancing to open and run Pilates on Fifth, only to start dancing again a (ahem) few years later, we have experienced FIRST HAND the difference true dancing creates in one's body. It is only in the past year and a half that we've really started to analyze and seek out the "missing elements" that either enhance the look of a "dancer's body", or derail it. That being said, we've figured out one additional answer to the "how to get a dancer's body" question, and that's STRETCHING!!!!! We think that most people would be absolutely dumbfounded if they knew how much dancers stretch. It is truly staggering!
In that spirit, we've created the Dancer's Legs and Butt workout! It combines essential core strengthening moves, along with great exercises for the legs and butt that combine strength AND flexibility within the workout. This 51 minute workout left us both feeling strong, lithe and free. We hope y'all enjoy it too! Find the Dancer's Legs and Butt workout here!
ALSO!! Don't ever get discouraged! The profession of dance naturally weeds out "naon-dancer" bodies. Just as the sport of basketball eliminates shorter individuals, so too doest the profession of dance weed out non-dancer bodies (especially ballet). BUT! You can still improve on what you have! A bulldog's body will never be a greyhound, but that bulldog can still look darn good in its own little skin.