Chronus24 Posted May 12, 2008 Report Share Posted May 12, 2008 Howdy! One of my recurring corrections since I began ballet, and something to work on and fix for good (at least to some degree) now and over the summer, is to better control my arms in allegros and not let them "fly away" behind me or look like I have Tourette's. As I said, I have gotten this correction many times in the past, however my progress to fix it has been a bit slow. Recently, I took a "step back" and analyzed myself to find why I keep doing this. I've come to the conclusion that there are two primary reasons for my lack of control: First, on big jumps such as sote de chat, it seems I rely on my arms to get that extra "umph" of momentum to help the jump get a bit higher and/or hang a bit longer. Unfortunately, at the climax of this "umph", the energy is released out my arms so that they fly off to an incorrect position, albeit at least passing through the correct position. My question here is how can I achieve the extra power I get from my arms' momentum while keeping them under control and able to be placed in a correct position rather than being a victim of the momentum? Will I have to accept a reduction in the power of my jump until I build enough strength in my legs to compensate for the loss of help from the arms? Problem number two manifests itself on jumps that involve some sort of turn while in the air such as tour enl'air, tour jete, and sote de basque. Though there is some evidence of the first problem in these jumps as well, my main issue with these is overcoming a "crash-landing" reflex. What I mean by that is when I am turning in the air, I, for all practical purposes, get "spooked" and reflexively brace myself for the landing, much like how a cat reacts if it topples off of something. While I end up landing on my feet, the reflex ruins the jump since "catching myself as if I had tripped" isn't exactly a classical ballet position. Obviously, just gritting my teeth and forcing myself to resist the reflex over and over I assume will solve this, however I wanted to see if anyone else has dealt with this or if the collective wisdom of the board can offer some other advice? Thanks and sorry for being such a mental case, lol... Quote Link to comment
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