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Ballet Toe Shoes – Need An Extra Dance Advantage?

Ballet Toe Shoes – Gain An Extra Dance Advantage

Young dancers usually have dreams of dancing in ballet toe shoes when they sign up for ballet classes. The beautiful tutus, and the pink satin pointe shoes are the picture they have in their mind when they go to ballet classes.

Many adult ballet beginners would like the same, and they have extra challenges to assess and overcome – or let go, depending on what extra dance advantage they feel they can discover to get ahead, or get to the top of their class.

Here are a few tips they may help you learn more, faster, and understand the importance of classical dance technique. And, how some of the most basic details can help you progress faster.

Become More Flexible In These Areas And Why

  • the hip joint and your psoas muscle/for your arabesque
  • the rotator or ballet turnout muscles/for all basic ballet positions
  • the hamstring and adductor muscles/for the positions to the front and side

Those three muscle groups named above will give you higher leg extensions. What every ballet dancer needs. Personally, I don’t like to see the current emphasis in ballet geared toward the gymnastic type of flexibility over artistic talent. But, it is what it is.

A simple runner’s lunge will stretch your psoas muscle, which runs from your thigh, over your hip joint, to the front of your spine. A flexible psoas or ilopsoas mucle, will allow you to bend your spine at the waist and lift your leg high to the back, or to arabesque.

Legs parallel, bend your knees and stretch one leg back to a comfortable lunge. Keep your pelvis straight, and you will feel a stretch over the hip joint. Bend gently a little more, and hold the stretch for twenty seconds, when you cannot bend further.

Twist a little, away from the back leg, without forcing. Hold for ten to twenty seconds.

Now, twist toward the back leg. Don’t force it. This twisting either way, stretches a slightly different area of the hip joint. Repeat the other side.

You have now progressed toward a higher leg extension for arabesque!

Ballet Turnout

You can increase ballet turnout by stretching the rotator muscles in the back of your hip, which are muscles underneath your big ‘butt’ or gluteal muscles. Sit on a chair, and place one foot on the opposite knee. Allow your thigh to relax down into its turned out position. Now, keeping your back straight, lean forward a little over the bent leg.

You will feel a stretch across the back of your pelvis that is increasing the flexibility in your rotator muscles. Hold this stretch for about twenty seconds, and repeat the other side. Then repeat both sides again.

Hamstring Stretch

For your front and side positions, sit on the floor in your widest sideways split. Flex your feet. Lean forward, and you’ll feel a stretch in your hamstrings, or the back of your thighs, but also in the adductor muscles, or the inner thigh muscles. Do not bounce or force it.

Pressing your thighs into the floor increases the stretch. Hold for about twenty seconds, repeat, and repeat the other side.

Always stretch when you’re warmed up, and stretching a little more often is better than periodic intense stretching. I hope this gets you the dance advantage you want to get you closer to dancing in ballet toe shoes!

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