I completely agree with dance physiotherapist Lisa Howell in one of her latest videos that the mechanics of the simple tendu are often overlooked and it’s critical for dancers to reacquaint themselves with the movement by watching her short video here. She does a great job explaining why improper execution fails to engage the muscles we’re trying to strengthen and tightens muscles we need to keep supple to avoid pain. For those of you consistently practicing the foot exercises like doming, you will recognize some of the same strategies. Additionally, Lisa provides an added tip toward the end of the video on how to successfully close in fifth position without bending either leg. Enjoy!