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Developpes to the front


Guest JoyfulLeaper

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Guest JoyfulLeaper

Hello everyone,

 

I've been wondering for a long time about developpes to the front... mine are soooo low! :P To the side and back I can developpe over 90 degrees but to the front... not even 90. I can battement over 90 degrees so I'm convinced it's a stregth issue, or maybe flexibility... does anyone have any ideas about how to improve my developpes (should I call them extensions?) to the front? Any advice would be greatly appreciated :lol: Thanks!

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JoyfulLeaper, I hate to do this to you while you are a new member, but we have SO many threads about this topic, and I have answered it so many times, that I think I will just send you in the direction of a bit of searching. Actually, I think if you open your browser to show all the topics on this forum, it won't take more than scrolling a couple of pages to find the same title! If not, just click on Search, and type in Developpé or front extension, or almost anything similar!

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Guest 2bORnot2b

hi

i havent been able to find anything on a problem like this..so i thought id post..feel free to yell at me if there is a post on this..

 

anyhow

 

at the barre i can developpe at 100degrees at least...

But once i reach the centre..it drops..to 90degrees IF im lucky..

and even worse when im doing a grande ronde jambe en dedan...about 60 degreees..

 

may i ask..what exactly is it that i need to do?

thanks heaps!

i really want to do my advanced this year..but i cant unless i get these extensions up!

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Sounds like an overreliance on the barre. When you're at the barre, are you clutching the pole and leaning heavily on it for support? Don't do that!

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Also, on the grand rond de jambe en dedans you are probably starting too high. A grand rond de jambe in either direction has two options: a)remain at the same height all the way around; or, b ) the leg gets higher in each position. It is NOT an option to start high and get lower! The last position it reaches should be the highest, therefore, if you start high at the back, and go higher in seconde, it will most likely not have anywhere left to go but down as it comes to the front. :( Start lower :wink:

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Guest 2bORnot2b

:P Oh thanks for the replies!!

im not actually over-relying on the barre..i actually let go of it sometimes when im practicing the developpes.

 

but Thanks Ms.Leigh

i tried doing it lower,and it did work!

 

the first option you stated was keeping it in the same around the whole grande rond de jambe..how would you do that?

is that a muscle,flexibility thing??

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If you keep it at the same height all the way around, you have to figure out your maximum height for the ending position, so that you know where to start. :P

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