Guest pavlovadancer Posted June 2, 2004 Report Share Posted June 2, 2004 Hi everyone. Haven't been here for ages. I've been having trouble with my degages derriere since forever, especially from fifth. I noticed several things, namely: 1) if I turn out more, it gets harder to keep the weight off the working leg and keep the leg to the back and turned out, 2) it's really really easy to fall forward, 3) compared to devant and a la seconde, I feel as if muscles are much more tensed, 4) there is an initial jerky "push off" out from fifth as opposed to the smooth tendus front and side In the RAD elementary syllabus, in the tendu exercise at centre, you do 3 tendus to the front, plie and then 3 to the back. I have a lot of trouble with this. My weight is constantly on the working leg, and gets "stuck". Also, I feel as if I'm pushing back my lower torso when I degage, and then pushing it forward as I bring in the leg. My ballet teacher talks about keeping the hip foward and lifting when doing a tendu back. This seems to help to a certain degree, but I still don't experience the same feel as when I tendu front and side. Do you have any advice on this? Another thing that's been bugging me is the correct posture. I attend classes both at my ballet school and at my academic school (joined the dance club). One day, my ballet teacher from my academic school told me that my posture was wrong and that (I shall be crude as I don't remember the correct term) the vagina bone should be pointing straight down and not be tucked under and almost pointing up. The thing is, my lower back feels straight in this "wrong" position, and in addition, my ballet school ballet teacher never ever commented on this, and in fact, I'd never previously thought about it that way. Instead I imagined that there should be an arrow going upwards with my belly button, and an arrow going downwards from my ribcage (I don't really know if this is the right expression to convey what I mean) and an arrow going down my back. I was wondering if any one could go through where exactly each part of the body is supposed to be, as I don't really have a clear picture as to where everything should be. Also, when I tuck my ribcage in, I feel as if I'm being strangled. Thanks for your help folks. I'm really terribly terribly confused with this, and not particularly eloquent in my descriptions. Quote Link to comment
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