Powerpuff, how is your ballet going? I would love to read about your experiences with that, if you have posted them somewhere.
I ended up quitting physiotherapy because they were more about ‘smile and massage and take advantage of the placebo response’ than they were about actually teaching us a body of knowledge.
I looked into this course that involves a class that ‘taught movement via gymnastics and dance’ and the thought intrigued me… I started doing a group fitness class for the feel-good and found one instructor who was BRILLIANT. he could totally kick my ass (no mean feat since i’m pretty fit now and need low impact). he could also totally kick my brain (weird crossing the body stuff that one should surely be able to do and odd little things…) turned out he trained as a ballet dancer and that got me intrigued.
ballet dancers do an awful lot of jumping… but they don’t hurt their knees (unless they force turnout from knee not hip). they turn out HEAPS, yeah. as much as they can. they jump from there. and they don’t hurt their knees. gets me thinking… i don’t think girls (in particular) should aim for their feet / knees to point forwards… i think we are supposed to be more like frogs…
anyway. trying to learn the positions… if you want to know about how feet are supposed to work… ask a ballet dancer, huh. foot rehab… never mind physio… ballet is where it is at, methinks.
(like if you want to know about fat loss ask a bodybuilder rather than a nutritionist)
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Hey Alexus! Nice to see ya. Sorry to hear that your physiotherapy studies weren’t what you’d hoped. Better to find out sooner than later. I still see you as a marvelous physical therapist, or chiropractor or massage therapist, or something rehab related. You’d be fantastic. Don’t give up. There has to be a niche for you and your interests. You’ve got so much experience with movement patterns and mobility and such.
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About ballet, I had to take a break due to schedule conflicts this past semester, but I’m hoping to go at it again in the fall. It’s demanding, finding time to work in 2 hour long classes every Tues and Thursday mornings. Unfortunately, our 15-year-old daughter (the one in a wheelchair) is going to need major scoliosis surgery this fall, so that may push things back. I’m still doing a lot of barre work and stretching, in addition to my lifting.
You asked about foot mobility in ballet - Seeing how their feet move is amazing! It takes years to develop, but their feet are WAY more mobile than the general population. My teacher can control each toe. Her dexterity in her feet is almost like the fingers of her hand. Mind-body connection that most of us have never developed.
As Bird mentioned, foot, knee and ankle injuries - strains, sprains and stress fractures are common. If you are prone to bunions, ballet will make them worse. When you think about the stress of being on pointe, it makes sense. Also, I’ve heard that professional dancers “pay” for the lengthened tendons and ligaments in their back and hips too. I don’t know if that’s just because some of those things once stretched, never go back to normal and make the joints more vulnerable and unstable or if they are more prone to inflammation there and arthritis due to
“overuse”. Not something I have to worry about too much at this point.