lampwick Posted March 23, 2005 Report Share Posted March 23, 2005 I was reading the thread on correct hip placement on the Mom's and Dad's forum and wanted to ask a question myself. I'm taught that the hips should be absolutely "square" in extensions side as well, with the working leg very rotated. When I look at the Gretchen Ward Warren book, it looks like there is some degree of tilt away from the working leg with both the hips, and the upper body. This, too, looks "correct" to my eye. I've seen both ways done well. The way that's illustrated in the book is similar to the way we're permitted to do an ecarte position. In a simple developpe side though, we are not allowed to have any tilt whatsoever. I guess it has to do with the fact that the pelvis is bowl-shaped. To keep both sides of the hips perfectly even, the leg must be extended slightly forward of side (working within YOUR control zone of rotation), with the heel rotated forward. If a teacher wants the leg flat side, then the entire torso needs to lean slightly because there's no room to get the leg up otherwise. For corps de ballet work, it seems like you'd have a very un-uniform look if everyone was working within thier individual amount of rotation (and I have seen big variations in the amount of turnout even in professional dancers). I know that my ecarte devant is much higher than my developpe a la second, just from that tiny bit of leaning. It feels more stabile to me as well. It almost seems like this is a grey area. I've seen well-trained girls do both ways. I TOTALLY agree that hiking up the hip and distorting yourself to get a high extension is bad. But there seems to be a little subtle difference among teachers as to whether there's ANY permissable tilt to the body and hips in developpe side. Is perfectly square hips and a strong rotation of the working leg a newer idea in training? I think it's healthier for the hips, and builds much more strength...I'm happy to learn it this way. But it's slightly different from what's in my book. I was just wondering if it's "strictly" classical. I guess... Quote Link to comment
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