ballaurena Posted January 2, 2006 Report Share Posted January 2, 2006 I have at least 5 different teachers for technique classes each week, and I've heard two different opinions or outlooks on how to use the gluteus muscles, and I just don't know which is right. For example, in just a plie rolling up to demi pointe in first position, one teacher, my youth company director, says that I need to engage the backs of my legs right at the bottom of my butt to hold my turnout and keep my balance. This seems to work fine for me, but when I do this, my gluteus muscles all engage and my butt looks completely round-not a very balletic line. Another teacher, who was in NYCB in the 50's, told me while I was doing exactly the same step how my other teacher described that I shouldn't be using my gluteus at all, that my butt should be completely relaxed, and that if I keep using these muscles, my already unusually muscular butt will just keep getting bigger. When I try to relax these muscles, I can't hold my turnout at all and I certainly can't releve or balance, but if I could relax these muscles, it would probably improve the line. Should I keep doing what works, or try to relax these muscles, or just try it for this teacher's class? I already have to make several big technical adjustments for this class, including changing my hand position, keeping my ribs closed so tightly that I can't breathe, and using a lower arabesque because she says I am using my back too much, and I should be using my center more. here is a link to a picture that might demonstrate my current butt situation, lol: http://www.berkeleyballet.org/images/BtoB_7s.jpg I am the farthest to the right, and this isn't my best tendu derriere, but you can tell that my butt is very engaged and it looks very strange compared to some of the other girls in the line. Quote Link to comment
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