BallerinaMom Posted November 18, 2010 Report Share Posted November 18, 2010 Hello. This is my second post on this forum and I am desperately seeking some tips and advice. I studied ballet for about 7 years as a child and was inspired to start dancing again last fall when I registered my little girl for ballet. It had been over 20 years since I danced so a lot has happened in that time including two children. So, the studio that my daughter and I attend teaches the Cecchetti method (I studied Russian as a kid) and am now in grade 2 but am really struggling with a few things. I seem to have absolutely no strength in my feet. I have a very hard time pushing myself up off the floor. What sort of exercises can I squeeze into my schedule to help strenthen them? Also, I haven't any plie in 5th position. First and second are ok although there is always room for improvement. I just can't seem to get much plie when my feet are crossed. When I plie in 5th, I feel tightness in the front of my lower leg. I don't remember having an issue with my plie when I was younger so am thinking this is an age thing (I'm in my mid 30's). It's improved a bit in the last year but I'd really like to improve it a lot more as this would help me so much. I am thinking I need to try to stretch my achilles tendon as well.... Of course, there are other things that I'd like to improve but those are the two that really need immediate attention. My teacher has commented that I have great turnout and placement. She's also said my ankles and legs are very strong but I have no idea what happened to my feet..... I take classes only two days a week as I just can't seem to squeeze in anything else with my work schedule and shuffling the kids back and forth to school and their activities. I'm hoping as they get a little older, I can take on more classes. I tend to beat myself up when I can't do things as nicely or pick things up as easily as I did when I was younger. I have to remember that I'm not 14 years old and 98lbs anymore.... Any advice and/or tips will be greatly appreciated. Quote Link to comment
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