If you’re struggling with getting all the way down in those elusive front-splits, there are two areas of flexibility that you’ll want to pay special attention to: the hamstrings and the hip flexors.
Spending some time working to increase your range of motion in each of these areas individually will help you achieve your ultimate goal when put to use in the split.
The most common way to stretch those hip flexors is the lunge. However, there are a few other ways to get at this muscle group. The standing lunge and two other possibilities are detailed in the video by Deborah Vogel (The Body Series) below. I’ve also found that several Yoga poses, when done correctly, are wonderful for stretching the hip flexors, particularly the Warrior, Triangle, and Pigeon poses. As in dance, a knowledgeable Yoga instructor will guide your form and help you get the most out of these positions.