I'm Michelle Kalisz, and this the best stretches for opening up the hips for ballet. Having open hips is essential for ballet, especially while working in passe and a la second. Some people have naturally flexible hips, other people have to work very hard to achieve that. To begin, you need to find a blanket or a mat that's about four inches off the ground. From here, send your right shin forward, parallel to the blankets and flexing the foot, and then extend the back leg behind you. Your pelvis stays off the mat, off the blanket, breathe in, and then as you're ready, slowly crawl the fingertips down to the ground, lowering the torso. And then as you're ready, you can come back to sit, press into your palms, lift the shin off the mats, and then I would recommend doing this three times a week, or every time you take class. Another option you can do is called ankle to knee. And to set up for this, you're gonna send your left shin in front of you, flexing that foot, and then you're gonna take the right ankle right on top of that left knee, also flexing this foot. Breathe in, and then exhale using your right palm you can press down on your right knee, just gently but firmly, and feeling your hips stretching out. Good, and then switching sides. Right shin goes down, flexing the left foot, and then pressing gently down on the left knee. And again, doing this three times weekly will greatly increase your flexibility in your hips.