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  • [Ballet anatomy.]

  • [Feet.]

  • Our feet are probably the hardest-working part of us as a dancer.

  • They have to not only support us, but they also have to be articulate and they have to be expressive.

  • Some people think it's all about line... really, really mobile feet look really great but often they're really difficult to maintain.

  • Ballet dancers will like to have that beautiful curve of the arch and the in-step and if you don't have that it can, kind of, be a mental game of finding angles and lines that look like you have that even though you don't.

  • It's like yin and yang.

  • You have an incredibly arched foot which is aesthetically pleasing for ballet, you really need to make sure you have strength and the control.

  • Jumping, for me, is the most taxing, that constant loading through the foot.

  • Although they're quite strong, they do require a lot of work.

  • I like to start off with the intrinsic muscles, they're basically key for landing and takeoff.

  • And whenever you're pointing your foot, you're using your intrinsics.

  • If you haven't identified the key weaknesses throughout your foot, it's quite detrimental to your whole body, really.

  • When you're working on strengthening these muscles, it can feel like you're doing very little.

  • But the concentration that is going into isolating one muscle, and tell all the others to relax, it's like a tongue twister for your body.

  • I'd say I'd spend, at least, an hour or two a week just focusing on feet.

  • It doesn't sound like a lot, but imagine just an hour of staring and looking at your feet.

  • Yeah, it takes time.

[Ballet anatomy.]

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Ballet Anatomy: Feet

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    lauren.huang posted on 2020/07/01
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