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Calves/Calf Muscles

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My dance teacher recently told us that rising on one foot to demi pointe repeatedly and then on the other is good for strengthening our calves. But I can't remember what calves are good for? Like working on pointe or what? Im just a little confused/baffled! :D

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The calf muscles are the ones that cause the foot to point. They are attached to the heel by the Achilles' tendon, and after you do the relevé, do a nice squishy demi-plié to keep from building the dreaded piano legs.

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Like the rear legs on an upright or spinet piano. Bulgy and stumpy-looking.

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