LaFilleSylphide Posted July 25, 2011 Report Share Posted July 25, 2011 Why is it that some people just happen to have extension naturally? What is the cause of this? I swear that some of us work daily on strengthening, flexibility, and alignment, and yet we (me in particular) still struggle with extension. The other day, I met a child who had no previous ballet or gymnastics training and she was able to lift her leg (no joke) so high. Her foot was past her ear anyway, but *zip* there it was. I've encountered 2 other kids like this in the past and wondered whether those Zakharova extensions aren't just inborn and god-given since. My extensions have improved greatly since my first day to ever touch a barre, so of course it's not futile, but what could possibly explain their ability to do that? The 3 cases I've encountered, 2 of the 3 don't have strength - so why can they just tickle the clouds with their toes like it's nothing? Argh. Quote Link to comment
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