Ballet Journals Essay

2383 Words Dec 21st, 2012 10 Pages
Ballet Journals (term 3)
Ashley Booth

Lesson one
One of the main focuses of todays lesson was basic technique. We concentrated on alignment, safe dance practice in ballet and body limitations. By this I mean, how far we can push our bodies with out being in risk of causing injury. Technique in ballet is the learning of movement and refers to a way of using the body in the correct alignment. Alignment in ballet refers to keeping the head, shoulders and hips vertically aligned. A dancer with good technique requires good placement, alignment and turnout. Turnout refers to completing movements with your legs rotated outwards using the six deep outward rotators of the hip joint (ball and socket). This promotes clean footwork, graceful port
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This mean that I am pulling my pelvic floor muscles up towards the centre of my body, while also lifting my transverse abdominals, switching on the rectus abdominals and the internal and external obliques. I must think about pulling my belly button back towards the spine, this will then automatically close off my rib cage, achieving correct alignment of the core. It is crucial to hold our abdominal muscles as it is our base of support for all movements. If the abdominal muscles are not held it can lead to incorrect posture therefore setting all of your alignment out of place, putting your body in serious risk of being injured.

Our first exercise for todays class was a simple plie exercise. Even though this exercise did not have ‘difficult movement’ I still found it very hard to maintain turnout throughout the exercise, especially when moving through the plie motion.
To maintain turnout during a plie you must use the six deep outward rotators that are connected to the hip joint (ball and socket joint). A ball and socket joint is a freely moving joint in which a sphere on the head of one bone fits into a rounded cavity in the other bone. These six deep outward rotators are attached to the pelvis and wrap around to the thigh muscles, they are located underneath the gluteus Maximus. Rotation must be initiated at the hip. The adductors, four quadricep muscles and hamstring are also a prime factor in controlling the stability of the pelvis. Weakness in any

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