Serendipity Posted November 27, 2008 Report Share Posted November 27, 2008 I've spoken to a couple of guest teachers at our school, who have leg to nose extensions. I have the flexibility now to get pretty high but can't hold it there (probably a common problem). One teacher said that when she lifts her let straight up to the high height, she actually uses a muscle in the hip. She pointed to the "seam" where the leg and hip meet (front extension). I know that one should not use the quad to do all the lifting (if any lifting) as it overdevelops the quad muscle. I also know that lift can come from the hamstring in the back - or that's what I've always been told. But the area the lady pointed to was neither of those. While I can see and understand what she means, I'm now wondering how to go about strengthening that area specifically and whether or not I can use gym equipment to help out with the standard ballet moves. Can anyone help with this? I have the ability now to get my leg well higher than 90 degrees in all positions - especially to the side and front, but want to be able to hold it there at LEAST using developpe (I tried alt 130 for the accented e and it didn't work - sorry Mel!), if not being able to do it straight-legged. Thanks! S. Quote Link to comment
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