psavola Posted January 10, 2005 Report Share Posted January 10, 2005 I've been recently partially moved up levels so that now I'm taking my old classes 3 times a week and more advanced classes 2 times a week. The more advanced class is doing hops on pointe, on one foot , and I'm having difficulties with them. I can do perhaps 2-3 concecutive ones slowly with my better leg in the center while the teacher is watching. (I deduce the quality was acceptable since I was not corrected and the teacher was working only with me at that time.) The teacher tells me I'm probably still not strong enough, and has prescribed a cure of "as many one-legged releves on pointe as I can do with good form" 3-5 times a week in addition to my classes. I have also decided to supplement this with theraband work since the articulation of my left big toe leaves much to be hoped for. (It does not point as well as the right one, and tends to outright curl when tired). However, I'm not very comfortable with the position of the foot when I try doing hops on pointe with one foot. I systematically tend to overpoint the ankle, and have difficulty understanding how to place my weight. I know the foot position for hopping on pointe in theory. I can do two-footed hops securely enough, although hops on pointe are not (and never have been) my forte. I also have no special difficulty with sissonne fermees on pointe. So I wonder if there is a way or an exercise to learn to feel and find the correct position for one-legged hops separately from actually hopping? I think I would be much more confident about them if I could trust my feet to find the correct position and not fear they wobble over. Specifically, would trying to hop around on high demi-pointe be a really bad idea? Or should I just trust that it comes with strength and practice? I know these things take the time they will take, and I will be patient , but if at all possible I would also really appreciate knowing wheter that time is usually counted in weeks, months or years. Päivi Quote Link to comment
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