Dear Dancers, I want to share something with you. I have just finished working in a professional dance academy. I found many of the dancers where suffering with shin splints, which is a pain that is located at the front of their lower leg. (Medial tibia stress syndrome) When it is not corrected could lead to stress fracture of the tibia.
One of the main reasons for this, is that they don’t relax their ankles when doing plies. Plie is thought of, as integral with 5th position, for example. How tight the position with the resistance of the plie’ creates the jump. The dancer is taught to keep weight off of the heels, even when simply standing in fifth, and onto the toes and ball of the foot, so they are ready to explode out of the position, regardless of the step they are doing.
But there is also a misunderstanding about keeping the weight disputation of the feet on the balls of the feet, in allegro. If one does this, there should not be too much space, or one should only be able to put a dollar bill between. No more. People tend to keep the heels up when landing from a jump. One should land going through the demi-point, but on take off, with the heels planted on the floor is very important. Plie is a recovery to gather energy for the next position or movement. You land through the ball of the foot and take off with the heel engaged.
Ballet dancing for beginners: Posture & Correct Stance
On this video from 1:45 – 3:05. I talk about this subject. Please take a look. Its always important to ask your selves quietly question in this lovely art form. If you have questions about this please feel free.
Dear Dancers & dance teachers, feel free to ask question on this subject. I will be making a video specifically on this subject. Andrew Greenwood