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Friday, January 15, 2016

Fun Friday Squeeze

Fun Friday Squeeze

Dancers are often told “squeeze the seat”, in an attempt to get them to turn out more. There is a little truth in that directive, but it is because when the turn-out is engaged an indentation appears in each side of the seat. But the seat itself isn’t truly “squeezed”, and the pelvis should never be “tucked under”. I have blogged about this before.

Instead, think of rotating the femur (thigh bone) in the hip socket. That, as we all know, is where true turn-out comes from, and this action will put those indentations in the seat, giving the illusion of it being squeezed.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #16r:  
“Don’t squeeze the seat, rotate the femur.”

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“The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.”
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