I liked this item in general; it helped me stretch out more. But, be careful. I kind of overdid it, and now I'm less flexible than ever, 'cause my muscles seized up. Use it with moderation, other than that, it's really wonderful.
My teacher introduced this to me. At first I looked at it and thought "I am not that flexible...this will hurt." But once I got into it, it was awesome and relaxing. You only have to pull the ropes to where you are comfortable with it. It was a bit confusing though, when you are trying to stand up and figure this thing out /: Otherwise, it is AMAZING. I recommend to dancers beginner through advanced!!!
I purchased this for my girls, who are 10, 12 and 15. They have been dancing since they were 2 and flexibility has not been their strong suit. We have been thrilled with this product. It has helped them with their splits, straddles, side leg lifts, battements and back attitudes. It does seem like they need to use this everyday to keep that flexibility and there are still some tight spots that they are going to have to work on. It is very difficult to manuever by yourself. If you are pretty flexible with a position, you can do it alone or with a spot. If not, it definitely takes a spot to help. I would recommend this product. I do wish it came with more stretching exercises and suggestions.
I got this item for my birthday a few months ago, and I have to say, it's not what I expected. I already have a good straddle split, so I asked for it mostly so that I could improve my arabesque and side devlope (like the girl is doing in the other two pictures). But the thing is, it has no support -- you have to literally hold it off the ground in order to stretch your legs to the side or back. I'm naturally flexible, and even I had a hard time doing that. So I don't really think it's worth all the money.
I think it would be a good item for beginners or girls who really aren't that flexible, because they could use it the regular way, just to improve their straddle split. But I wouldn't recommend it to advanced dancers or people who are already flexible, because I think they're better off doing all their stretches by themselves with no extra equipment. When I first saw it online, I thought, "I have to have this!" But it didn't really improved my flexibility at all. So I just went back to my normal stretching routine, and I found that, that works a lot better.