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Feeling rotation & other questions


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My knees and my feet don't align right. I think that it's because my feet are slightly winged (I have like, extra foot randomly on the outer edges of my foot) so when my knees are over my toes, it looks like I'm trying to force my turnout, but I'm not. This is all right, right? It doesn't hurt, and if I try to make my feet align with my knees, I literally have to turn my feet in.


Also, I don't know if it's because I think I'm growing a bit again, or I don't know what it is, but I can't seem to feel my rotation/feet anymore in soft shoes. En pointe, I have something to push against, but when I'm on flat, I don't seem to be able to feel my legs properly. Is this just an age thing (I'm 15, and I'd thought that I'd stopped growing, but I hadn't quite..?) and should I ignore this?


Ok - my last question (title question!) and thanks so much: when I have my leg in retire or coup de pieds, two problems. I somehow just ... I know I have more turnout, but I don't seem to be able to turn out my coupe; I just can't feel my hip. It's like it won't move, but I *know* that there's turnout in my hip - if I lift my leg off the floor, I can rotate my leg so that my knee faces directly side without doing anything to the supporting leg. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Also, in passe, I don't seem to be able to hold my turnout with a very high passe. In pirouettes, I guess it must be the force of the air, because I have very clean pirouettes, but when it comes to simply balancing in passe, my turnout is much better when it's almost where my calf muscle is engaged, rather than at the knee. In balancing, should I hold my foot where it's best turned out, or at the knee? (While trying to either fix turnout or fix height, whichever is applicable - but which should I start with?)



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It is very difficult to answer your questions without seeing you. I would have to say, if it does not look right to you, ask your teacher for more help. Perhaps you just need five minutes with your teacher to find the answers.


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