~DaNcInQuEeN~ Posted January 28, 2006 Report Share Posted January 28, 2006 This semester has had its ups and downs. My teachers are very confident about the possibility of me becoming a pro! I have a pretty good body/proportions, great flexibility and nice technique. There are plenty of things I need to work on, though. One of my teachers says that I am so flexible that I desperately need strength, especially in my back. I also have hyperextended knees that I sometimes lock them. She says that I “sink” in my lower back in cambre and attitude and it is affecting my ability to turn (I tilt my pelvis/sink in my back). I take a pilates mat class 1x per week, but she believes working with the machines would be very beneficial; I can strengthen my core and learn to control my back flexibility. I also need to strengthen my ankles using therabands. Another one of my teachers feels that I since I have grown a lot I have lost some of the strength in my legs. I can’t get as high in jumps, etc. But, since I am young, she believes the strength will “come to me” when I stop growing. Finally, the questions: What exercises can I do to strengthen my legs? I plan to do pilates for my abs and theraband stuff for my ankles. Would wearing ankle weights and doing barre exercises at home help at all? Will strength really “come to me”? Is a fourteen-year-old without enough strength “behind”? Sorry this post is so long! I have to keep telling myself that I have four years or more to improve and become a ballet dancer. It seem like I am suffering from “senioritis” early! Thank you in advance! Any other comments or suggestions are welcome. Quote Link to comment
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