airchild Posted June 28, 2008 Report Share Posted June 28, 2008 I am confused: When I do the barre exercises, I have been asked by some teachers to start with fifth position of the feet. When I slipped back to the third position, they made me go to fifth, saying, "Try harder. You should be able to do it!" In fact, in most so-called "Adult Beginners" classes, the teacher require the students to start with the fifth position. However, one teacher recently noticed that I don't have enough turnout to actually start with the fifth. She said that if I am not turned out enough and still stand in fifth, then this would affect the proper alignment when I do movements in the center, such as extending my leg out à la seconde. I think that makes sense. She wants me to stay in third until I have better turnout so that the feet can be parallel to each other when in fifth. However, I am wondering: if I can never achieve the amount of turn to allow my feet to stand in parallel in fifth -- which actually is impossible because my natural turnout is nowhere near 180 degrees, and to attain that is impossible at my age -- should I remain in third position forever? Quote Link to comment
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