je danse dans ma tete Posted October 18, 2006 Report Share Posted October 18, 2006 I am attending a new studio, actually it's a ballet school, and there is very much emphasis on proper technique. I realize that at my old studio (I was only there for 2 months though- first time trying dance), I got away with some things that I should not have, technically speaking. I had a bad class last night. I was singled out at least 3 times for bad technique while everyone else watched me get corrected. I know I shouldn't feel bad because my teacher was helping me, but I feel really embarrassed to go back there. I am going to go back, but first I need some help with a few things. 1) My teacher asked me to push out from the front of my ankle and make my releve higher. I tried and briefly succeeded, but it was very hard for me. When I have that high of a releve only 3 of my toes are on the ground because my metatarsals are very slanted (does that make sense?) Also, my knees go back too far sometimes. For these reasons I have trouble balancing except with a lower releve. What can I do to make the front of my ankle stronger, or what else should I do to get a higher releve? It seems everyone else, even brand new people, can get it. I am told that I have very good arches (but not much instep) and I can point through the ankle when weight is not on it. 2) My teacher said to hold my quadriceps tight in echappe from 1st to 2nd. She pressed and said I was not tightening them in 2nd. The only way I can get them tight seems to be to push my knees back but she says this is bad... help! 3) In grand battement to the back, my back arches too much. If I don't arch it, my foot barely leaves the ground! (like 20 degrees!) Where does the action start from, and why may I be arching? 4) In retiré to the side, my standing foot wobbles when I am in class but at home in bare feet or socks I can do it fine and hold almost forever! I have Bloch split-sole shoes. Could the split sole be affecting my balance? 5) My turnout is apparently quite good, but my 5th is worse than many people with poor turnout. I feel like my knees or maybe calves get in the way. I think I look funny in 5th croisé, my legs look too loose. Not bent, and not straight up, but just... noodley. I can't explain well! I feel so bad about making everyone else stop dancing to watch me get corrected. Also, I don't wish to repeat the same mistakes next class. Please help me to understand better the mistakes that I made in my class last night. Thank you! Laura Quote Link to comment
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