buglady Posted April 5, 2004 Report Share Posted April 5, 2004 Just a quick question..... I was reading an article by David Howard in the latest Dance magazine where he briefly touched on the topic of stretching and splits, and said to make sure the back leg is not turned out, but that the knee is facing the floor when doing the splits. It caught my eye because I have Pavel Tsatsouline's book "Relax into Stretch", and he also emphasizes keeping the back knee toward the floor in a split. My teacher has always asked us to turn out both legs in a split, so the knees are facing opposite walls. I never questioned it because hey! this is ballet, everything is turned out! So what's the deal? Neither David Howard not the Stretch book explain why it is so important not to turn out both legs in a split. Is there a good reason of which I am currently unaware? Quote Link to comment
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