It’s All in the Hips

Barre exercise of the week: Rond de Jambe.

Despite all of the stretching and improvement in flexibility in the last few months, as mentioned in the previous post, I am very impatient and likes to progress quickly.

However, the flexibility has been all in the legs and despite the head being almost on the knees during Port de Bras, I am still not happy.

When doing Developpé, I have often been corrected by having the working leg placed higher. This wouldn’t be a problem if I could keep it up there. There is no problem lifting the legs higher if they are aided, but unfortunately there are two things stopping progression.

Firstly, is poor strength, but more frustratingly is lack of hip flexibility and improving this is currently the mission of choice.

I have a day job were standing up all day five days a week is inevitable and this, over the years has led to a severe case of ‘sitting in the hips’. And bad hip flexibility.

Now, I like to think that I have reasonably good turnout (especially for somebody coming so late to ballet, and in their late twenties). And I am desperate to improve it to as close to ‘perfect turnout‘ as a late comer can get.

Here’s where Rond de Jambe comes in to it.

Every class, without fail, Rond de Jambe causes aching.The kind of good-freshly-stretched-aching like having just done a massive stretch after waking up in the morning. I cannot recall any other barre exercise making my hips joints feel this good. Having done a fair amount of research into gaining flexibility back in the legs, it hadn’t even crossed my mind that it might all be in the hips.

So here we go. Let the hip improving begin. Today has seen no end of Rond de Jambes.

Rond de Jambe a Terre, en dehors, en dedans, Rond de Jambe en L’air, and how about some Grand Rond de Jambe?
Rond de Jambe while waiting for the kettle to boil, while making dinner, while brushing your teeth.

Flexibility of the hips will be mine…ii



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