Leg swings are a great ballistic (dynamic) stretch that you can quickly and easily do before class or competition.

Hold onto a chair or wall – or even better a friend! – and swing your legs forward and back.

For warming up purposes don’t worry too much about your form, just relax and swing the leg freely, alth54ough do try to keep your hips level.

Do 15 swings forward and back on one leg then turn around and do the other leg.

Dynamic stretches are an important part of preparation for dance.  They are an excellent way to warm up your muscles and get the blood flowing before you do any static stretching – and that helps prevent injury.