More Turn-out info

Doing a bit of surfing and found this in an article by Rachel Rist. Putting it here because it is important, and I could not have said it better myself:

“‘Push your turn out’

No one ever thinks they have enough turn out. I remember sitting in “frogs” for hours to try to gain more. I hear of horror stories of people who sit on each other’s thighs to get more turn out. Turn out depends on many factors, mostly predetermined ones:

1) The depth of the socket in the pelvis.

2) The length of the neck of the femur.
3) The angle at which the femur is placed in the socket.

4) The elasticity of the Y shaped ligament at the front of the hip joint.

5) The age at which dance training is begun (ie. how early this Y shaped ligament is encouraged to stretch).

These are mostly congenital factors over which a dancer has no control, rather like having blue eyes, or brown hair. The one thing that the dancer can do is strengthen the muscles of turn out, and this should be encouraged. Damage caused by forcing turn out is severe and long lasting and can affect the spine, hips, knees and feet. I have seen huge bunions on young children, combined with dropped arches and sore knees; all too often the result of over enthusiastic turning out from the feet.”

Pics for your enjoyment:
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The Y ligament is shown here.
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To learn about the hips and find a simple exercise to train the hips to turn out correctly, go here: Hips and Turning out

Click for more kinesiology info: Dance Kinesiology
To start educating yourself, try here.



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Peggy
    Sep 26, 2007 @ 19:24:00

    I wanted to thank you (again) for all these kinesiology posts. It’s made me think about how I dance and move, and yes, start furthering my body education. And guess what? Last week my ballet teacher said my rotation has improved hugely in the last month!

  2. Ann
    Sep 26, 2007 @ 19:35:00

    That is so wonderful, Peggy!! That makes me happy. Thank you for telling me!

  3. Peggy
    Sep 27, 2007 @ 23:45:00

    You’re very welcome!
    I recently got some photos of my 4 year old in class- standing in first position and his knees were actually directly in line with toward his feet!

    So lest everyone lose faith in dance teachers, we have a wonderful, conscientious, caring teacher.
    They are out there!!

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