Cross Training–Arm Strength

“Dancers often lack upper body strength. We spend so much of our time focusing on what the legs and feet are doing that we neglect the upper body,” says Nikol Klein, a former dancer and personal trainer.

I didn’t realize how true this was until I started doing arm workouts last summer. I now have a better understanding of how much arm strength can affect not only port de bras but also posture and overall movement quality.

Thanks to the internet, it’s easy and inexpensive to improve arm strength. Here are some workout videos I’ve found helpful:

Without Weights

Andrea Palen, 5 Minute Arm Workout


Ballet Beautiful, Swan Arms Workout


With Weights (Or water bottles)

Nikol Klein, Ballet Strength Arm Exercises for Port de Bras


Arm-Toning Moves from Ballet Body


Blogalites, Applause Arms Workout


Fitness Blender, Tank Top Arms Workout

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