I'm new to the forums and just started adult ballet classes a week ago. I am a 20 year old with a long athletic background that decided to learn ballet. I have a few questions that I hope some people here could answer:
When flexing your muscles, should you be flexing them fully? Simple example, when in first position, should you be flexing your legs and glutes to extend completely and straight? I asked this to my instructor and he said that I should not be flexing... yet I can't really see how this or any of the positions could be correctly done without doing so.
I've been working on "the moves" (i don't know the names... :|) at home and found that my turnout goes to crap unless I really flex my quads, hammies, glutes, and the other turnout muscles when I feel necessary, which is most of the time. Additionally, when I do flex, my movements are much cleaner and my turnout holds better. Thus, there's contradiction between what I am seeing/feeling and what I am being told. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding my instructor? He told me to "feel my foot push into the ground"...
Also, where should I feel my weight on my feet? Should I feel more of my weight on my toes? Or in the middle? I feel more comfortable balancing on the ballz(###### is censored?!) of my feet since it allows me to move more quickly. However, I'm not sure if this is right.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by illmatic, 31 March 2012 - 10:27 PM.