WendyMichelle Posted September 24, 2006 Report Share Posted September 24, 2006 Everyone in my class goes for that "perfect" turnout. I've noticed some of the girls rolling in on their front foot when in fifth. One of our teachers gave one of the "best" girls a correction this past Tuesday about her turnout and actually told her to turn in a little bit because she couldn't maintain what she was trying to do throughout the exercises. I can very easily get 180 degree turnout. No problem. When I am working at my own pace my knees track directly over my toes. However, in the class environment, when the music is fast with a quick detourne to the other side and immediately starting the second side with no time to get yourself settled, I'm finding that my knees are killing me and, particularly my right knee, is swollen afterwards (the left knee isn't much of an issue.........I ripped the medial meniscus out of it 9 years ago ). It gets to the point where it feels like my knees literally don't want to bend anymore and grabbing my foot and doing a quad stretch actually feels good on the KNEES, not the quads. I asked one of the other girls who sometimes teaches our class what was going on. She said she would have to watch me throughout an entire class to try to see what the problem was, but it sounded like I was turning out from the knee or ankle. She asked me to show her my turnout and do some exercises and she said that didn't appear to be the case (of course, this was also at my own pace). She then said I could be going down too far in my grand plies. So yesterday we had this guest teacher. The very first thing she had us do was go into first position, then lift up our feet so that we were on our heels, rotate our feet straight forward (on our heels), then rotate back to first (on our heels), then drop our feet. I'm pretty sure this was an exercise designed to help you find YOUR first position. Mine actually was not that much different from what it normally is (maybe 5 degrees on each side). Some of the girls did this then immediately cranked their feet out to 180. She made those girls stop and keep doing this until they stopped cranking their feet. I took note of where my feet were and made adjustments in all positions (especially in fifth....I turned both the back and front feet in just slightly). I also did not go down as far in my grand plies. Surprisingly, I had no pain at all in either knee. So......what was going on here? And should I not worry about "looking good" and go for what "feels good?" I also recently bought that book "Tune up Your Turn-Out" by Debra Vogel and she talked about how a lot of dancers will have what appears to be 180 degree turnout at the barre, but when they get to center they have to make adjustments. I have noticed that with myself as well. I can be very well turned out at the barre, but when I get to center I have to turn in to between 45-60 on each foot to feel stable. Vogel also said that once you get to the center that hardly anyone dances with perfect turnout? Basically what I'm asking is.................am I making the right adjustments necessary for my body and abilities so that I don't rip out the right medial meniscus as well? Also (I'm the Energizer Bunny today........I just keep going, and going, and going, and going....), I keep hyperextending my right leg. My legs are hyperextended anyways and I don't know what is going on or why this is happening (I was thinking that maybe it was from trying to have that pefect fifth position). Anyways, the muscle, tendon, ligament......whatever it is, right behind my right knee gets so sore that I limp a lot. I have to do some stretches on it in a certain way to make it feel better. This doesn't just happen with ballet, but just the least little thing seems like it will hyperextend it beyond what it already is and tweak it. Like I've had to rest my leg on ice before (days when I'm not dancing and even during those few months when I wasn't dancing at all this would happen). Can anyone help? WM Quote Link to comment
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