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 Post subject: Exercises for better feet en pointe
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:36 pm 
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Just wondering what are some exercises for better feet en pointe?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 9:04 am 
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in terms of strengthening and to get better feet en pointe, divided battement glisses are helpful.

releves on pointe, on 2 feet or on 1 foot is good, rises 2 feet or on 1 foot is good as well... its better to take it at the barre for support for beginners, and when the dancer is much stronger, she/he can test balance by just placing 2 fingers on the barre.

i personally would suggest, beginning rises, or releves in parallel, then progresses to 1st position, then small 2nd.

hope tis works for you. it worked for me tremendously :)

*pixie*


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 10:24 pm 
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In addition to everything that pixie suggested, you could also try some theraband exercises for strength and flexiblility of the foot. Sitting on the floor, extending your leg in front of you, and placing the band under the ball of your foot, point and then relax your foot. Also, write the alphabet with your foot up to the letter G...


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2005 8:20 pm 
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I have to ask Gina (pardon for my ignorance), why write the alphabet with the foot up to the letter G? :? what a fantastic way to strenghthen those metatarsals :idea: It is something that I will definitely be needing to introduce into my classes. :twisted: Something that I have never though of and I love foot strengthening exercises too.


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Hi spangles...This is something I learned at a teacher's workshop from a very respected and well-known teacher in the U.S. She probably felt that all the movements that would benefit the foot ended with this letter. I thought it seemed like a great idea and made a note of it...


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2005 10:52 pm 
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8) THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT GINA. Truly appreciated. I shall make a handout this evening for my students consisting of the letters of the alphabet (to the letter G) and try to get them to pin it up somewhere in their bedrooms as a reminder to practice daily. anything to help. Great to incorpoate into those boring anatomy classes too :wink:


WOW! Found a free clipart on the web of alpha letters a-g (the letters were all wearing wee santa hats - thought it a good idea being that time of year again). Anyway, introduced the writing of the alphabet to all classes (the younger onces particulary warmed to the exercise). What a wonderful way to strengthen the ankles too and to use as part of warm up before a pointe class. All students were given a copy to hang in their rooms to practice over the christmas period. I believe many physio's also use this technique when rehabilitating ankle injuries (leave that to the professionals though). thanks so much for that GINA.


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