tutulvr Posted September 15, 2010 Report Share Posted September 15, 2010 Hi, I am a serious ballet dancer (fifteen years old), and have been training as long as I can remember, since I was three. Ballet is my passion and joy, but lately I have been having problems with turnout. I have always had pretty small hips, which I used to believe was a great thing, until I discovered this means I have a limited supply of turnout from my hips. For the past two or three years, I have been forcing my turnout from the knee as opposed to trying to find it from my hips. One of my teachers has told me this needs to stop as I am seriously risking a knee injury and it is throwing off my line as well (I am sticking my rear end out and not straightening my legs due to hyperextension) However, I have found this is much easier said than done. I went to a well known summer intensive this year, where they were VERY displeased with my lack of turnout, and I found myself forcing it again due to extreme pressure for a "perfect fifth". Some of the teachers at this intensive ignored me all together due to my lack of turnout. I have always dreamed of becoming a professional dancer, but some teachers have told me that I will never have much turnout, and that I need to find other ways to look good in class ("cheating it" was a phrase one of my teachers used). However, I did not find this very comforting at all. Other teachers seem frustrated with my lack of turnout and are no longer treating me the same way when I had forced it. Furthermore, whenever a master class is being taught by a teacher, I feel pressure to look perfect and I am embarrassed with my fifth position (my first position is a little over ninety degrees, so you can imagine how dreadful my fifth looks). Does anyone know of ways to improve a fifth position (WITHOUT forcing turnout or cheating it)? Is that even a possibility or will this always be something I will struggle with? Finally, are there well known any professional dancers without perfect turnout? Thank you so much. Quote Link to comment
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