3 Exercises to Help Strengthen & Maintain Turnout
Finding correct placement and turnout is one of the most important things a young ballet dancer should learn. Proper rotation comes from the hips, using the glutes and inner thigh muscles. Complete the following exercises with the assistance of the wall or without, once able.
Rotate legs from the hips. Stretch right above the knee. Plie and open legs outwards. As you stretch, keep feet flexed and pull the pinkie toe towards the wall. Repeat for 2 sets of 8.
Start with legs parallel, legs and feet stretched.
Rotate legs from the hip joints. Heels should face each other.
Maintaining turnout, flex feet and pull your pinkie toes towards the wall.
Rotate legs back to parallel. Repeat for 2 sets of 8.
Lay against the wall with your back flat. Squeeze the knees together and raise your feet off the floor.
Open & Shut
Keeping the toes together, open your top knee towards the wall.
Repeat 16-32 times on each side or until you feel your glutes engage.
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