Someone totally did! And that someone was Y. in yesterday’s jazz class. After surveying our pathetic attempts at an extended stretching routine, Y. announced a splits challenge. We have until the end of January to master the front spilts both ways. Whoever gets there first will get six weeks of class for free. If everyone fails (which is not unlikely), we get an additional two months to compete for three weeks of free class. Y. says she’s done the challenge before, but nobody made it. Maybe it’s time to change that.
Surprisingly, I actually have a fair shot of getting there in three months. I’m among the stretchiest people in class and dancing three times a week as opposed to one might give me an advantage. I’ve also been able to do all the splits before. While that was many years ago and the result of ruthless drilling five times a week by a very good karate sensei, said ruthless drilling has given me a sense of how much I can stretch without incurring an injury.
Then again, I am competing against other people who have stuck with dancing for a while, not least with my own mother who passed the aforementioned stretchiness on to me in the first place. And there is a teenage girl in class who was super-motivated by the challenge. Teenagers are inherently more flexible, more resilient and tend to have more time on their hands than 27-year-olds. So I have my work cut out for me.
But right now, I also have sore hamstrings from maybe possibly stretching just a little bit too much in yesterday’s general excitement, so today, it’s just ballet and very light stretching for me. (So much for knowing my limits…) The real work starts after the soreness subsides. So bring on your tips! Can you do the splits? How did you get there? How long did it take you?