psavola Posted March 30, 2004 Report Share Posted March 30, 2004 I'm having some serious problems with frappe, and I am kind of lost with the corrections I get. The problem may be simple but I'm just not "getting it". I cannot seem to get enough of a hold on the problem to start working on it. This problem occurs whenever I do frappe to the back on pointe or demi-pointe in a quick tempo. Quick full or demi-grands rond de jambes between frappes and series of frappes to the back make it worse. What happens is that my lower spine kind of "buckles under". Sometimes my ribcage opens too. If there are many concecutive frappes, I usually end up with my weight not correctly over my leg and/or poorly aligned (usually I start to lean towards the barre). One correction I got was that I'm doing my frappes to the back with my belly. I try very hard to pull my abdominals more up and in, but my spine still moves forward-backward in an uncontrolled jerky movement as a result of me trying to keep my weight over my supporting leg. (My ribcage goes forward whenever the leg exteds - my hips cannot do the 45 degree extension to the back without a slight tilt.) However, if I've understood correctly, my upper body should not move forward and backward with each frappe - or at least it should give the impression of being completely quiet. And freezing my hips into the "tilted" position that allows for extension back to 45 degrees just seems to be plain wrong for the sur le cou de pied derriere position part of the frappe. Hips should never anticipate the legs, right? Additionally, the engineer in me is wondering that if my leg goes to the back, and my upper body stays completely still, won't my weight then be too far back and I'll fall off balance from my demi-pointe? (Obviously this is not wholly true, because I can frappe on demi-pointe to the front and to the side sometimes completely without barre, and still stay quite upright.) I have a loose, flexible back which generally lacks strength. My supporting leg also tends to lose turnout while I'm executing frappes to the back, but I do not know if that is connected with this particular problem. Are there any ideas to help me to understand this problem better? Or perhaps even solve it? Päivi Quote Link to comment
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