Guest nicoal Posted August 8, 2003 Report Share Posted August 8, 2003 I recently did a two-week intensive with my studio consisting of 4 or 5 ballet (technique, pointe, parterning, batterie, etc) classes a day along with jazz and stretch or floor barre. By the end of it, a variety of joints and muscles were pretty exhausted and my hips were in need of some rest! (The teacher went fouette crazy, every class had some sort of fouette exercise - adagio, turns, allegro and barre!) Anyway, coming back the next week, the first class was on Thursday (they took Monday-Wednesday for a mini-vacation) and I noticed my ankles were kind of stiff and sore at the beginning of class. Once warmed up, they felt fine. I figured, like anything else it would go away after a few days (my hips were recovered by the beginning of this week). Well, it's a couple weeks later, and they're still stiff and hurt rising on demi-pointe if not warmed up into class. The first few exercises in pointe class were not pleasant... Being stiff is pretty rare for me being that I'm fairly young (23) and over-flexible. What concerns me is that it's still painful for the first five or so minutes and my pointe classes they've just felt sloppy (I rolled over my ankles something like four times [on my strong ankle!] last class - which doesn't hurt, but it rarely ever happens to me; they really felt like jelly that time). My teacher seemed to think now that I'm stronger I need a shoe with a larger platform and a stronger construction (I use Capezio Nicolini's currently), and that's why I was having problems. I guess I'm just a bit of a nervous-nelly, but whenever I have pain over time I get anxious -- but I'm not sure since it goes away after a warmup. I'm curious what thoughts might be on this from people who've probably 'been there, done that'. Any input would be appreciated. Quote Link to comment
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