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un-flexible passe


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I seem to have trouble with my flexibility in my passe. I don't know if it's flexibility or strength but my foot can never go past my knee or even reach it! I can always lift my thigh higher but then my foot doesn't reach my leg. Has this got anything to do with the hamstring? How can I strengthen and make it more flexible and higher? :)

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It sure does have something to do with hamstrings, especially the biceps femoris. It is the muscle that makes you able to bend your knee so that the calf can be raised against the thigh. Tightness in the quadriceps muscles may also be restricting your movement in that respect. More to follow.

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OK, furthermore, you may be experiencing ligament tightness in the knee, which will not allow you to bend the leg to the extent that it restricts your freedom of movement from retiré to various open positions. You do realize that a plain-vanilla passé developpé passes nonstop through retiré to that point at the very side of the knee and then opens, right?

 

Edited to add: Now wait a minute, your profile says that you're a parent, and you're posting in the Young Dancers 13-16 forum? Is there something you aren't telling us?

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No :wacko: -I'm the moms daughter, she got into this sight for me but had some trouble. She sent out an e-mail to help and this is what they gave us, she doesn't really use it as much as I do. Sorry for the misunderstanding, if this is a problem please contact me...

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This is definitely a problem. Only one person can use a screen name. You must register with your own screen name. There are instructions for doing this on the How To Do Things forum. The profile for 4dancers says parent. The student must have their own registration.

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Just start doing the passé developpé the way I said, and the problem will take care of itself over time. Nothing will happen overnight, it will just be a slow and evolving process. You may also find quad stretches helpful in gaining more flexibility to get the toe higher up on the leg. One of the easiest is to stand on one foot, and grasp the top of the working foot, and pull it toward your buttocks. For a full stretch, make sure that the working thigh is parallel to the supporting thigh. Gently, gently, no forcing anything.

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