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Can ballet help my gymnastic ability?

Ballet is a great way to improve your gymnastic ability.  Not only do you improve your flexibility, balance, core, and posture; you can improve your coordination and musicality which can improve your performance in gymnastics.  Coordination is essential in all aspects of gymnastics and the discipline required in ballet will improve this.  Ballet requires a variety of coordination which complements gymnastics.  Musicality will help improve your floor exercise performances.  You will also improve fluidity in your movements by cross training with ballet.  Many gymnasts use ballet as a way to improve their gymnastic ability and performance. 
Ballet is excellent for improving posture, core, discipline, balance, flexibility, and lower-body strength. These components can help a gymnast in many ways.Posture and core are of the utmost importance to gymnastic performance. During gymnastics, posture can become distorted due to the bending, twisting, and executing of moves that go far beyond daily functional activities. In ballet, posture is the foundation of every movement, be it static or dynamic. Learning to command the body and postural alignment in a controlled environment with strict form can carry over togymnastic training. Alongside postural awareness is core control which is also the foundation for all movement.Gymnasts need to be flexible, but remain tight at the same time. Staying tight and attaining the ability to rid the body of unwanted motion begins with core control which allows for efficient movements without wasted energy. There are many ways to improve gymnastic ability, and ballet is a great supplement for skill enhancement.

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