> > Maybe Keith could add a comment about stretching. We do a > little bit of > stretching at the end of our warm-up. Others comment that > stretches would > be more beneficial after a dance or two -- maybe even at the > end of the > evening. If the situation were ideal, would you do stretches > at both times > (during the warm-up and then after a few dances) or only at > one preferred > time. My main concern is still keeping people from hurting > themselves. >
I'm not Keith, and certainly don't have his training, but I'll jump in
I do both a warmup and a cooldown with my class. The cooldown concentrates
on stretches and gentle movements to release tension, relax the muscles.
I'm pretty picky about how long we hold the stretches at the end of the
evening. During the warmup, I start with activity to get the blood flowing,
then do combinations of stretches, rotations and gentle movements to coach
and prepare the muscles and the mind-body connection for what is coming. I
try to encourage people (although this may wind up happening more on an
individual basis and by example than as a teacher in front of the class) to
continue to stretch throughout the evening if they find their muscles are
getting tired or stiffening up, but I rarely stop the class in the middle to
have people stretch all together. I'm more likely to do that in a step
dance class, and it might be worth doing with an SCD class after intense
work on pdb, for example.
My $.02! Now, I hope Keith answers this too. He's been pretty silent...
maybe busy at work!