Guest sdj3 Posted September 2, 2004 Report Share Posted September 2, 2004 Hello, I am a former professional ballet dancer (for only 3 years before quitting for school) who took over five years off and started classes again 3x per week about 14 months ago. I have been able to get myself in decent shape surprisingly quickly. My jumps, turns, and general technique, while not quite as strong or perfect as before, have all progressed to a level that generally satisfies me. In fact, I feel that I have actually improved in some aspects, due to a more conscientious approach. However, the one element that is still beyond my grasp, and actually seems to be increasing in difficulty, is my strength in held extensions. I am pretty flexible, in that I can easily perform splits, high grand battements, and high developpes, providing I don't have to hold the position for more than a second or two. This is very frustrating, considering I had NO problem with this before. Here's what's worse: I feel like I have a pretty strong understanding of the mechanics of dance, i.e. I know which muscles should be working and when. And I am conscious of this while dancing. But, I can't hold my friggin leg above 90!!! It's so weird! I'm starting to think that it might be totally mental, so I'm asking for any advice. Perhaps a different perspective would help me here. Oh, FYI I am 25. Help! -sdj3 Quote Link to comment
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