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Ballroom and Latin Dancing - Interfering with ballet technique?

{Polina Fan}

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Mreh...I'm terribly sorry for posting all my questions lately x__x I feel absolutely terrible.


Anywho, I was wondering if Latin and ballroom dancing and training would interfere with my ballet technique. I've been taking a break from ballet since the beginning of summer, and started Latin and Ballroom dancing. It's taught me to be a LOT more expressional, and show more passion. Things that are good for ballet dancers, right? Well, Latin dancing has also loosened me up quite a bit. I'm a lot more "noodley" in my hip and waste section, and I feel like I've lost all my ballerina posture! In Latin, you're taught to be down into the ground. In ballet, aren't you supposed to feel extended through your head?


And ballroom dancing - Another concern. In ballroom, you have absolutely no turnout in your legs and feet. In Latin, you have slight turnout.


Do you think that this dancing is putting my ballet career on the line, and teaching my muscles out of the ballet habits?


Sorry if you don't quite understand my question...I suck at wording things :angry:



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Well, seeing as my previous advice was to drop ballet because of your musculoskeletal problems, taking up another form of dance, which may have a different technical and aesthetic profile, might be a very wise thing to do. I mean, if you're going to drop ballet, and pick up modern, Latin or ballroom, what's the dif, right? Even take back to the horse!

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I did a lot of thinking about it, and I'm not going to drop ballet because of the silly ballet stereotypes. I enjoy ballet, and I'm not going to give up. So what if I have a challenge? GOOD. I'd rather challenge myself than than just throw it away because I'm not ~*~*~miss prima ballerina solo-all-the-time~*~*~


I'm not giving up. Nope. I'm going to stick with it and work hard.

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OK, that's fine. I admire your fortitude. But also realize that the crying towel is no longer available when it comes to aches and pains because of your "bones problem". Just remember when you switch disciplines, to change the way you move to be appropriate to the one you're actually doing at the time.

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