Mother, wife, teacher and founder of mUvmethod.
mUvmethod is a conditioning program for dancers that specializes in weekly stretching made safe, easy, and effective with a variety of at-home and in-studio guided stretch programs, for dancers ages 5 and up.
We believe that all dancers should have access to safe and effective dance conditioning programs and have created a variety of programs to provide just that. Our programs address both the physical and mental side of dance conditioning. They are designed to move dancers beyond their limitations to reach their full potential, meeting the technical side of dance with ease and efficiency.
We address the number 1 factor that prevents dancers from reaching their full potential: limited flexibility and joint range of motion.
At mUvmethod, we are:
Providing: The STRETCHES Dancers Need + the SCIENCE to back it up
Teaching: our MUVSTRETCH CURRICULUM for effective implementation without overwhelm
Preventing: GAPS from forming in Dance Technique
Eliminating: FRUSTRATION from Burn Out, Poor Muscle Activation, Pain, and Risk of Injury
Resulting In: Dancers reaching their FULL POTENTIAL with ease and efficiency
Inspiring: Dancers to SHARE THEIR PASSION for Dance with the World
More often than not, the “go to” strategy to improve dance specific movements like first position, arabesque or grande jete is to strengthen the muscles that create the movement. But nine times out of ten, lack of strength is NOT the limiting factor; lack of flexibility and joint mobility IS. This limits accessibility and prevents you from strengthening the right muscles in an effective manner.
Therefore, in order to maximize the results of a dance conditioning program, you need to:
You can try doing it the other way around. But it is isn’t as efficient, safe or effective, as the majority of dancers are dealing with an accessibility issue due to limited flexibility and mobility, NOT lack of strength. When a dancer can’t access the proper muscles, they will “cheat” to create the movement. This leads to gaps forming in their dance technique and eventually causes frustration, burn out, poor muscle activation, pain and often injury!
“While attending and judging dance competitions in Utah, I noticed an increase in flexibility and lines with certain studios that hadn’t looked that way in previous years. I was slightly perplexed because I knew it was something more than just ballet that was getting these dancers to look the way they did. (Effortless flexibly, beautiful lines). After doing some investigating, I found out that these studios had implemented mUvmethod into their Program.”
Christine Jones has spent the last two decades helping her students improve their flexibility, mobility and movement patterns.