Guest tournout Posted October 11, 2002 Report Share Posted October 11, 2002 How can I stop thinking about performing a releve on one foot just before I do it? Like many of you, I restarted ballet classes after a long break. Now I have progressed to taking classes on pointe. I take an open intermediate/advanced adult class. Before I quit (all those years ago), I never thought about performing steps on pointe – I simply did them. Those classes were considerably more difficult than my current classes. My problem now is that I second guess myself on occasion just prior to performing certain steps. If I don’t think about it, I am fine. What perplexes me is that I can do everything (though my extension is nowhere near what it was). But, I lack confidence. This is adversely affecting the way I execute certain steps on occasion. For example, we did several combinations in the center that included pirouettes (both inside and outside). When I attempted the inside pirouettes, my teacher said I lifted the working leg by the quad (the passé leg) in some weird way – as if I were attempting to lift myself up with that leg. After the correction, I no longer did that and could perform multiples so much easier. My turns also subsequently felt better. I don’t know if I was just concentrating too hard on getting up in releve or what. Another example is that I sometimes “panic” before a chasse pas de bouree (like as preparation before a pirouette). Again, if I don’t think about it there is no problem. My teacher keeps telling me to stop thinking so much. How do I do that? Any suggestions/thoughts anyone may have would be greatly appreciated! Quote Link to comment
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