ami1436 Posted September 24, 2006 Report Share Posted September 24, 2006 Teachers and mods, I could use some pointers and ideas. I've been working hard on cleaning up the small stuff lately. Hopefully I've made some decent progress (at least others say I have!) but this is the one thing that's just not improved, and now we're focussing on it.... I was working with one of my teachers this past week on some piques - namely into arabesque and attitude derriere en pointe, but this happens in other situations as well. In the all-important fondu prior, my heel 'pops' - especially if I'm looking to do a proper, big, travel-through-space pique (but not over-travelled - all the details have been finely honed.) We've been struggling to figure out what's going on and why. At first, we thought that I was letting go of my turnout a bit, and simultaneously leaning forward, so taking my torso forward too early. We've really worked on the turnout and placement, but the heel still 'pops' - it comes off the ground too early, and thus I'm missing a subtle smoothness in the transition and strenghth in the push forward. It's only a slight lift of the heel, only noticeable if really watching for it, but it's not right and it's driving me nuts. It happens on my left leg, stepping onto the right. It happens rarely with the right. We're both trying to figure this out. This weekend, I've been fondu-ing and stepping everywhere (you get weird looks on the streets, but hey...) the main thing I've noticed is that I don't feel the same connection in my lower left leg that I do in my right. I'm thus worried that this is something that I can't fix - I tore a muscle on my outer left calf about 16 years ago or so. Didn't follow through and get therapy or anything on it, and it still feels very lopsided. I'm just not feeling the same kind of stretch/alignment in my left calf during the fondu that I do in my right. So I guess two questions - what could it be that's making my heel 'pop'? I don't generally have this issue in anything else - I have decently long achilles and a good demi plie, good elevation especially in petite allegro, and am working hard on maintaining turnout through transitions. Besides the turnout issue... is there anything else that I should watch out for? Second, and this may be more of a nutrition and health forum question - but is there anything I should watch out for regarding my left leg, and that calf muscle? Anything that might help it even out? Thanks in advance, as always. Quote Link to comment
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