Magazine article Dance Spirit

The Rotation Equation

Magazine article Dance Spirit

The Rotation Equation

Article excerpt

GET YOUR TURNOUT IN TOP-NOTCH SHAPE WITH THESE THREE MOVES.

To get into the starting position, lie on your side with legs extended straight down from your torso, your head resting on your bent lower arm and your other arm bent with the hand on the ground in front of your belly button. Bend your top leg and place your foot on the ground in front of your extended knee. Keep your rotators disengaged (your upper leg should feel relaxed).

Engage the rotators in your upper hip to increase the turnout of your bent leg. Your raised knee will move back toward your direct side but your foot and hip should not change their placement. Hold this position for 5 seconds then rest. Repeat 10 times, then switch sides.

BONUS!

* Battement to the front * Battement to the back As with the kick to the side, the height of these battements is not what's important. Try to keep the working leg raised about 8 inches off the ground, and do not extend the leg higher to the front and the back than your hips will allow, staying aligned. Keeping your hips square and stacked will force your abs to counterbalance the leg movements. To increase your balance potential, bend slightly at the hips so the legs are extended a few inches in front of the torso. Make sure your rotation doesn't slip from your working leg to get the most out of this exercise.

1 Sit in a seated fourth position. (Your right leg is bent in front and your left leg is bent in back.)

2 Lift your back leg a few inches off the ground, keeping it parallel to the floor. …

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