Jaana Heino Posted July 11, 2005 Report Share Posted July 11, 2005 This is in response to a thread on the teacher's forum, really, but since I don't think I am supposed to post there. Someone said there that they cannot see how turnout has anything to do with crossing the legs, since after all anyone can place their feet after another in parallel. While it seems to me that this is true, some of my teachers recommend using 3rd or an open 4th (instead of 5th or full 4th) for those of us who do not have that tremendous turnout, or not the strength to hold the rotation yet, anyway. They say that it is easier to work the turnout muscles correctly if you do not cross completely, and thus this helps you to work towards more rotation, in the case where your bone structure still allows room for improvement. I feel that this seems to be true, it is easier to engage the correct muscles from 3rd than from 5th, and so I often use 3rd myself in the classes where it is allowed, especially at the beginning of the barre. Question is, since people seem to have conflicting opinions, I am wondering if there is an actual basis for this, or it is just a psychological thing (I work harder, because my teachers have gotten me to believe I can work harder )? If it matters for the case, I am very hyper-extended and struggle much with the weight falling to heels problem. (Though it is getting better.) Quote Link to comment
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