Guest nicoal Posted February 15, 2006 Report Share Posted February 15, 2006 I did Cecchetti syllabus as a kid, stopped at 13 and started ballet again at ~22. I've always been complimented on my feet and told I had solid training/technique. Last night I was about knocked off my rocker though with a correction from the teacher, but I'm not so sure how to take it. I have a strong sense of center and good weight placement so maybe this is how I got away with it... but the teacher said that I wasn't using my feet when I'm standing properly. I have a fairly stubborn case of patellar tendinitis that I'm working out (no jumping for me) and the teacher has been sensitive to things in my technique that may have helped contribute to the problem. Last week she noticed that when I do grand battements, my foot rolls in a tad at the forward motion. It's sort of a looseness in my ankle and foot that's going in. I tried very hard to stabilize my ankle area but found it extremely hard and the outside of my calf area was burning in no time. Based on a comment from my teacher as a youngster, I have always been _extremely_ sensitive to not rolling in on my arch. I have a medium-low arch and hypermobile ankles, mild hyperextension in my knees. Fast forward to last night and she noticed this wiggling/rolling again in another exercise and made the correction that I need to hold on to the floor with my feet similar to how you hold on to the bar. Now if I pressed down a bit with my forefoot/toes my arch would cramp up in no time, not to mention all that concentration on my foot caused my working leg to lose track of what it was doing. Now, I'm thinking it's not really gripping the floor that I need to be doing... but maybe I need to be more forward in my weight placement. I know that with hyperextension in the knees, there's a tendency to sit back... but it's so odd that I've gone all this time and have actually been complimented on my weight placement to then find out there's a major flaw. I have to admit, when I was pressing the floor with my forefoot (I know that sometimes I have a tendency to let my toes come up off the floor a tad in some movements) my entire leg felt more stable. After all this, my question is... should there be any active interaction between your forefoot and the floor? Or is it a question of being forward enough that your weight is what does that work. I'm conflicted since I had such an eye-opening feeling when I held on to the floor - my leg felt solid as a rock and the energy just seemed to flow through -- but on the other hand I'm worried this is a very bad habit to create which is essentially gripping the floor. I would really appreciate thoughts on this. Quote Link to comment
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