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Friday, February 20, 2015

Fun Friday Achilles

Fun Friday Achilles

In any plié, it is important to relax the lower legs and the feet, particularly on the descent. The torso is still held properly, with the abdominals engaged, etc. But the legs, particularly the ankles, must be relaxed.

This relaxation prevents “gripping” or tensing the muscles which makes them brittle or less resilent, and more prone to injury, especially during jumps. Tensing the ankles and the feet also causes the toes to grab onto the floor (like a bird on a wire), instead of melting into the floor (see Ballet Secret #2k).

The tendon most apt to be a problem when a dancer is constantly gripping his/her muscles is the Achilles tendon.  It can be felt easily with the fingers - directly behind the foot, and one can see immediately what a strong tendon it is. It can take quite a bit of abuse, but over time constant tension in this area can be deadly. Such abuse usually manifests first as tendonitis – a warning sign to a dancer to pay attention and correct the problem!

So remember to relax the feet and ankles during pliés.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #2p:  
In any plié, the ankles, and particularly the Achilles tendon, must be relaxed.

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