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I have 2 ballet teachers and they are training us different ways. The two teachers say diffrent things on positions. For example one of my ballet teachers says second arm position should be in a certian way and the other one says it should be in a diffrent way. I was wondering if this was bad for a ballerina.

 

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-Emily

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I know this can be confusing, Emily, but, in a way it's not so bad, as you will be more versatile. :) You just have to learn to do it both ways!

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We have a lot of different teachers at our studio who all teach certain things differently- Sometimes it's frusturating because I always have to remember which teacher it is before I do something a certain way, but in the end, it's well worth it!

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I go to 3 diffrent teachers who all have diffrent styles of dancing! When you're in the profesional world what do you think it's going to be like? Many diffrent teachers with only one style. :)

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No, many different teachers, ballet masters and choreographers with many different styles and names for things.

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I have a teacher, who says that to do a pirouette you have to have a good balance. I agree with this, but she said that what makes you turn, is when you spot your head.... :giveup:. I dont get it.... my main teacher, who I have had for the better part of my life, says that your arms make you turn. And that to me seems more logical, and feels more natural. :grinning:. I'm sooo confuddled. :)

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No one thing makes you turn. It's a total coordination of using all of the motivating forces that create a turn. The arms don't do it. The back muscles are much more important. The head is very important. The alignment and weight placement in the preparation is important. The strength of the relevé, and the ability to be centered on that relevé with your best rotation of the working leg and shape and placement of the working foot are important. The use of the "down to go up" and the "right to go left" forces are important. No one thing will make turns happen. The components have to all be there together. It's kind of like baking a very complicated pie....leave out one ingredient and it just doesn't work! :lol:

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I have 4 to 5 different teachers each week, and they all say different things. I know that now I'm a versatile dancer, and I can change the way I dance to suite any style required, but I feel like I'm not perfect in any one style. Is this okay? Should I be happy that I can change the way I dance so easily?

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My dd received a bit of muddle technical training until we enrolled her in a pre-professional program that focused on one technique.

 

The good thing is she is very clean and articulates well in this technique. On the otherhand she is faced with accomodating other techniques now as well that might not feel "correct". Yet within all of this debate, a dancer seems to eventually emerge with her own beautiful style that can respond to whatever technical direction is given. It is very good I think to be clear in your mind about the distinctions and learn to address them when called to.

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Kikiswede, this is the "Young Dancers" forum. Only the dancers and the forum's moderators (Ms. Leigh, vrsfanatic, and Major Mel) are permitted to post in this forum. Others may occassionally post about experiences, but only after a polite *knock, knock*. This is not an open forum for parents or teachers.

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Hi! In my opinion, I think it is excellent to learn as many ways as you can! If you are accepted into a company and don't know their style of ballet, what are you suppose to do?As long as you don't get confused,you are probably off to a great start! :)

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Kikiswede, this is the "Young Dancers" forum. Only the dancers and the forum's moderators (Ms. Leigh and Major Mel) are permitted to post in this forum. Others may occassionally post about experiences, but only after a polite *knock, knock*. This is not an open forum for parents or teachers.

Ok...got it...thanks.

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