In regards to the question on the younger students starting the program; When we run our Front Splits Fast workshops, we take students 13 years and over, simply due to the amount of content to take in. However, when doing the program in smaller groups, or individually with appropriate supervision from a parent or a dance teacher it may be started with dancers as young as 10. A reduced number of gentle releases and stretches specific to the dancer’s needs would be appropriate to perform here. I have used elements from the program in students as young as 6 or 7 such as the Sub Occipital releases and deep calf releases if there is significant neural tension.
This video is a demonstration of the sub occipital release technique that helps alleviate built-up tension around the cervical spine region and shows the immediate effects on hamstring flexibility.