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Guest arabesque07

I am really struggling in fouettes.

Not this past summer but the one before, I was on a very advanced level and, although there were many things that I was not as good at, I could almost beat everyone in that class when it came to fouettes - flat or en pointe. I completely lost all of that, though!!! And no matter what I do, it just will not come back.

I do know my problem - I have a tendency to lean back - a lot. I can see it in the mirror as I'm spotting and I've been corrected for it several times, but no matter what I do, I just cannot seem to fix it. I will go to bar and practice doing it there, and I won't have a problem leaning back, but when I get to centre, it happens again. I feel like I'm leaning as far forward as possible, but I see in the mirror that I am certainly not. There is a certain extent of leaning back in all of my turns, but it's horrible in fouettes. I do have scoliosis, so it may be partially due to that, too. Still, I know there's a way to fix it - I just don't know what it is. Any suggestions?!

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Practice, practice, practice.


Have your teacher or a trusted fellow-student watch you and call out correction as you practice. You know the problem, now you have to work hard to break what has become a habit. It's dreadful, but it's the only thing for it.


It's a little like the Dr. Krankheit routine:


DOCTOR: Ya say it hoits vhen ya doo dat?




DOCTOR: Den, don't doo dat!

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Guest AmoBallare

Leaning too much in any direction is obviously no good for any type of turn. When you've lost an advanced step, the best thing to do is go back to the basics! Start practicing fouettes at the barre to build back your balance and strength and then progress back into center.

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