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Friday, December 18, 2015

Fun Friday Seat Not Feet

Fun Friday Seat Not Feet

Ballet Secret #3i states:  Correct rotation in the hips produces dimples in the “cheeks”. This is important to remember when working on improving turn-out. Turn-out is developed from the hip socket, (felt in the seat), not the feet. The feet are simply a reflection of what is happening above.

Unfortunately, since turning out from the hip socket is invisible (except for the aforementioned dimples), dancers always rivet their attention on their feet, and whether they are “flat” turned-out or not. Sadly, working from the bottom up instead of from the top down doesn’t produce the results desired. (The caveat to this is for those rare students who already possess “flat” turn-out. They must work differently and maintain their turned-out position from the hips and ultimately the feet so as to develop the strength necessary to use it. Dancers born with this ability are relatively rare.)

Thus, most students must focus on the sensation in the seat, not the feet, to develop good, effective, turn-out.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #3r:  
“ Turn-out must be felt in the seat more than the feet.”

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