Serendipity Posted May 30, 2009 Report Share Posted May 30, 2009 This year was the first time I've heard teachers - two of them at two different schools - say "make sure your heels are touching when you do grand plie in fifth position." I've been dancing for over 30 years, in three different countries, different places in these different countries, and never heard this before last month - either as a direction or a correction. To me, this equates with "rolling in", which I've had trained OUT of me in all these years. I was taught to make sure that all five toes were on the floor. In order to get my heels to touch, I have to roll onto my big toe - only about the first three toes actually touch the floor. The explanation given when I asked was that it related to muscle development in the thigh - prevented the thigh from being bulky because you use more of the underside. I'm worried about the strain on the ankles. I've been trying to do what I've been told, at least for now, to test this. I feel like my knees are moving forward, out of a turnout, although I consciously try not to do this using the "heels touching" request, and I've been told my knees are not actually rolling forward. It feels very weird. My ankles aren't protesting too badly about the change, but they are getting sore obviously in areas not used to this way of doing fifth position grand plie. The only thing I can see in it is that it doesn't allow sickling, but doesn't it put strain on the inside of the ankle? Can anyone please tell me where this "heels touching" comes in, how to make sure I'm doing it without actually rolling in, if it's accurate, and what the theory is behind this, if it's accurate? Quote Link to comment
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