Bebe Posted June 30, 2008 Report Share Posted June 30, 2008 How does a young dancer know when their splits are where they should be? Here's the DD's typical class scenario: DD is ten The teacher has the girls do barre work than has them stretch and do splits before center work begins and afterwards they do across the floor work. DD is able to do complete splits on either side (left/right) and is 1/4" from the floor on center splits. She's the only one in class who can split well on both sides and down center, so Dd felt confident in abilities. After splits, the teacher has them lay down, with back to floor, and has each student slowly lift one leg at a time to see how close they can get their foot to their ear. (I remember doing this in dance class too) Here's the dilemma: DD can't reach her leg back as far to reach ear. Teacher said this was her true split. Is this true? Now DD's confidence is waning and she's stressed over the fact that her foot can't reach her ear. I told her it takes patience/practice. But, I've been unsuccessful in my atttempts to alleviate her anxiety. Dd loves her teacher, is serious about ballet, and takes eveything to heart. Dd feels as though she's disappointing herself and her instructor. The teacher has also told the girls splits would come in time, they just needed to keep practicing. Here's the fear, I don't want her to practice this at home, as she could injure herself. Are there any other kind of safe stretches she could do at home or would stretching without the teacher's supervision be bad? I'm not a ballet instructor and don't feel qualified to give her advice. How can I help my DD? Quote Link to comment
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