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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wacky Wednesday Plantar Power

Wacky Wednesday Plantar Power

I’ve talked before about avoiding “rolling” on the arches, (also called excessive pronation), and how damaging it can be for the knees and ankles. Most dancers know this is not a good thing to do, but it happens frequently when an attempt is made to force turn-out from the feet instead of from the hip sockets.

But there is another reason to avoid rolling. When the feet roll in, the little toe (or other toes) lift off the floor and lose that critical contact. And it is critical. Think of the floor as a power charging station, and imagine the bottoms of the feet having millions of tiny power receptors. This isn’t too far from reality.

Using the feet fully against the floor is essential – it powers the push for relevés and jumps, and softens the landings. The bottoms of the feet are powerful multi-use tools. But if only a portion of the bottoms are in contact with the floor, the power can’t be fully charged or utilized.

The word “plantar” refers to the sole of the foot, so to fully utilize the feet, remember Plantar Power.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid # 94
“Think of Plantar Power to prevent rolling on the arches.”

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“Choose the paths which are not worn out by many feet!” 
Mehmet Murat ildan

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