1.2 The warm up
The importance of an effective warm up to prepare the body for physical exertion cannot be emphasised enough.
Warm-up activities for dance should:
mobilise the joints;
increase the internal temperature of the body;
increase the heart rate and blood flow to the muscles;
make the muscles warm and pliable;
increase the range of movement around the joints;
increase the speed of transmission of nerve impulses;
prepare the mind, as well as the body, by focusing on oneself.