jimpickles Posted August 19, 2008 Report Share Posted August 19, 2008 Since there's a thread going on the little girls' forum about grand jetes and splits, it reminded my how hopeless my own grand jetes are. My legs seem to barely get beyond an angle of 90 degrees to each other, and I certainly dont get anywhere near that floaty look. I have the flexibility and strength to get my legs in the right position (and hold them there), but not in a jump. The teacher says "do a grand battement to the front, and then one to the back" (which I do, and it doesn't help). Or I try "jumping over a puddle" - some good imagery that helped. I think my basic problem is that I can't move my legs fast. For instance, I find beats very difficult. I guess I have very few fast twitch fibres, and those that I have are very weak. I know what the answer is: practice, practice, practice! But where, and how? In class, we have only a few goes across the room (once a week at most). Inside my house I dont have the space. I can try across the lawn, but am concerned about twisting my ankle on the slightly uneven surface. Or I can get into the classroom 15 minutes ahead of everyone else, when it is empty, but I dont want to do that sort of thing from cold (and the chance to warm up beforehand is not there). I dont know if anyone has any ideas or advice - I dont want to give up on myself just yet. Actually, this just seems an ineffective bleat*, but it has been an (apparently) insuperable obstacle for ages. Thanks, Jim. *meaning like what sheep do Quote Link to comment
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