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Concerns About Turnout
By queensveta
On Fri Jul 21, 2017 06:00 PM

I am 14 and I am an intermediate level dancer. I have been dancing en pointe for quite some time. I have always been committed to ballet because I truly want with all of my heart to turn this art form into a professional career. Unfortunately, as I have become older and more attentive to physical flaws, I have found myself really discouraged by the fact that I do not possess flat turnout. To give you a gauge, my hips are about 2 inches above the floor in my middle split. Due to this limited range of motion in my hips i have somewhat flawed lines in the a la seconde position and low extensions (I have been struggling to get my leg above 90 to the side for years now).

Is it unrealistic to continue to grind forward hoping to be a dancer? Would any company ever hire someone without full turnout? Does anybody know of a professional without 180 degrees of rotation? Lastly, is it possible for people with limited turnout to develop high extensions?

I appreciate any answers you can give me. I am able to improve my arches, my flexibility, my expression, and my artistry, but I am stuck with the turnout that I have been endowed. since I am practically killing myself (of course while coming to life as an artist) especially in this summer intensive season I just don't want to be in the dark when it comes to future opportunities.

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re: Concerns About Turnout
By Kathymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Jul 22, 2017 08:00 AM
The dance world is hard. Yes, you might find a pro with a not perfect turn-out who became famous despite this flaw, but the harsh reality is that most companys look for dancers that are perfect - and they find them because there are more dancers in this world then jobs avaible for them.

I have never seen you dancing, I don't know how good you are, so I can't tell you anything about your chances, but it's still a true fact that every single reason that puts you behind others is a giant problem. That is simply harsh reality.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't try, but you should have a plan B in your head what you could do if the career as a professionell dancer just doesn't work out. (Actually I think EVERY dance student should have a plan B, because even the most talented one can end up with no career at all. For example after a too serious injury.)

Talk to your teachers. They have seen you dancing, in opposite to any person reading your post and replying to it. They know what you are able to do and what not. They will know much better if there is any chance in this hard world or not.

And if not, being a dancer is not the only way to work in the theatre. There are Make-up artists, costume designers, dance teachers, photographers, workers for the staff (like press officer or dealing with the budget of a company) and so on.
re: Concerns About Turnout (karma: 1)
By hummingbird
On Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:39 AM
I was trying to put this as a picture in my post but there's no button for image selection here in this forum so here's the link to a very good article on turnout. . . .

The biggest thing with turnout is actually using what you have the facility for. Most dancers, even ones with good turnout concentrate so much on stretching they forget that they'll never be able to hold their turnout if they don't concentrate on strengthening those gluteals and deep rotators.

Even in top ballet companies there are dancers who don't have a big turnout range but they use every ounce of what they have and it's still better than their hyper mobile friends.


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