There are things that puzzle me about the flexibility of hips- what parts are used for certain things, what is stretched when you do what. I wonder what are the ligaments in the hip area and muscles surrounding it? I want to know how to stretch all the parts of my hips. I see some people whose legs won't go down in butterfly postion, but in other stretches, they go more easily- so it must be stretching another part. Personally, I have a horrible lack of flexibility in every part of the hip that can or can't be flexible! I know that utimately, bone construction just has a final say in how far your hips will go, but I know people who start later in life than me (one teacher in particular) that went from hips worse than mine to really nice flexibility and great turnout. I want to know how to strecth out ALL of the muscles and ligaments of my hip area, it worries me, because it hinders me in everything that I do in dance. When I ask people who don't have that problem, they say "just relax and let your hips fall!" which really irks me, because exhaling will not loosen up my bone structure!
And if my bones truly will not let my hips go any further, am I destined to have a crappy dance career?