Guest WendyMV Posted February 1, 2002 Report Share Posted February 1, 2002 Hello...I was wondering if someone could give me some professional insight here. My teacher has mostly Russian and some Cecchetti in her classes, but I have discovered (from other studios and teachers) that her habits are very "old school" and maybe not so good for dancers' bodies. A little background about here...she's in her late fifties, trained at SAB and danced w/several ballet companies around the world. Anyway..in pointe class, she makes me do TONS of plie releves in arabesque...I mean 8 on one side, 8 on the other, repeat that and do the whole thing all over again. The other day she made me do that, THEN I had to do the same thing except she made me do as many as I could without stopping. (And after that, she made me do the same amount of plie-releves to arabesque from sissone from the white swan variation over and over again.) I understand she wants to push me, but I feel like she is treating me like a wild horse she thinks she has to break! I mean, I guess I have two questions here..she knows I want to advance more and so she pushes me, but at what point do I tell her she is being ridiculous? She really doesn't even let me breathe between combinations. Secondly, I have also heard that this type of repetition training is great for endurance-building, (which is true) but doesn't allow you to work internally and can also build up bulky muscles and eventually thrash your body in the long run. Any opinions here? At what point do you just stop...I mean, physically I can handle what she makes me do for the most part, but I don't want to hurt myself in the long run. Besides one other teacher that I trained with for a little less than one year, she's been my only teacher. Any advice would be appreciated! Quote Link to comment
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