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highest releve???


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When you put on foot on releve (demi) and "push over", is this where your releve should ideally be? My releve is lower than that, and even if that is unrealistic for it to be that high, that is what I'm going to strive for because that way I'll end up getting it to the highest possible position I can. If anyone knows some foot stretches that would help, I would really appreciate it. Thanks! :)

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Allie, the height of your relevé on demi pointe depends on the flexibility in your ankle and instep, and also has to do with the arch. The stretches to improve this are the same as for improving the feet in general, which have been discussed over and over and over here. Check previous threads and archives, especially YD stretches and exercises, and you will find all of them!

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There is also a position called "à la trois quarts", which comes out in translation as "3/4 pointe". It's a demi-pointe that's pushed with the arch far over the toes, and is usually only reachable by someone doing a demi-plié while on demi-pointe. You see it used in Nijinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps" in the section Mr. Joffrey called "storks", when the three tall girls enter up left.

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