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Monday, April 6, 2015

Mad Monday Elongate

Mad Monday Elongate

A common problem many dancers have is allowing a slight bend or relaxation in the knee of the working leg when closing a tendu. This occurs because as the foot leaves fifth position there is an almost unnoticeable sinking on the supporting leg, especially when there isn't enough lift from the pelvis.

If a dancer continues to close his/her tendues with a slightly bent knee it not only compromises the strength-building nature of the tendu, it also sets up the probability of a knee injury due to the constant twisting action that happens around the knee and lower leg every time the foot closes.

When dancers first realize how much lift is required to prevent this, they are often amazed and wonder how it is possible to do it correctly. But it is very possible, and must be done this way for good technical development and for injury prevention.

Think of this: As the foot moves toward closing in fifth position, imagine both legs stretching  and elongating. This will prevent bending the knee, and will almost automatically cause a lift from the pelvis.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #4l:  
“Think of lengthening the legs when closing a tendu to prevent bending the working knee.”

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