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Hip placement in an extension to the front


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I did a search, and can't find the answer to my question, so I'm starting a new topic.


I know that during an extension to the front, your hips should be perpendicular to the floor. My question is, after a certain point, say, somewhere above 90 degrees, does the working leg side ever move up a bit? This is really a bit theoretical; my extension is not high enough to warrant this issue. I was just wondering, because I want to make sure I'm always correctly placed.


It may be a lack of flexibility on my part, but when I do the leg-on-the-barre stretch to the front (which is decidedly a work-in-progress :rolleyes:), I have difficulty with keeping my hips in a completely level position. If I actively push downward, I can sort of achieve this, but I don't see how that could be done in the centre...unless I am thinking about it completely wrong.


Thank you for your help and for reading this slightly disjointed post!

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Unless the front extension is such that it no longer conforms to classic line and limits, the hip does not rise.

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Thanks, Mr Johnson.

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