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The Turnout Dance (karma: 40)
By balletbelle_xoxmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 897, member since Tue Jul 12, 2005
On Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:17 PM
Edited by luv2d4nc3 (135759) on 2006-09-16 12:19:47
Edited by luv2d4nc3 (135759) on 2006-09-16 12:23:58
Edited by luv2d4nc3 (135759) on 2006-09-16 12:37:32
Edited by luv2d4nc3 (135759) on 2006-09-16 12:38:05
Made sticky by Theresa (28613) on 2006-09-30 20:33:37

Since there are so many people wanting to improve their turnout, I thought this might be pretty helpful. It's a series of exercises my teacher does at the beginning of class to improve turnout. She got the exercises from some famous dancer/teacher (sorry, I don't remember who), who had developed an entire class with exercises designed to improve turnout, and she called it the turnout dance. Too bad it's not on a dvd or something because I think they are great, and they really do help. Hopefully my instructions make sense. I've included video clips for some to help you :D

1. Lay on your side, with your hips stacked on top of each other. Try to keep your natural positioning as if you were standing (space between your waist and floor, don't sink down). Bend your knees up towards you, so that your feet are in line with your hips. This is actually a common exercise, my teacher calls in the clam stretch. You just turn your top leg out so that it opens up like a clam. Lift/turn as far as you can, really pushing with your turnout muscles, and hold it for a couple counts. Repeat this 4, 8, or 16 times depending on how much you want to do.

Image hotlink - 'http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h49/balletbelle/th_Clam.jpg'

2. Stretch your legs out so that your bods is now in a straight line (remain on your side). Bend your legs back at the knees so they make a 90 degree angle, thighs are still flat in line with your body. Lift your top leg to a passe type position behind your knee. Draw a figure 8 with your knee, turning in and out again, back to the starting position. Repeat this 4, 8, or 16 times.

Image hotlink - 'http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h49/balletbelle/th_Figure8.jpg'

3. Developpe up, turning out, and stretch. Lower your leg down right in front of your knee. Developpe up again, and lower your foot back down to behind your knee this time. Slowly drop your knee down so that you feel a slight stretch in your thigh.

Image hotlink - 'http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h49/balletbelle/th_Developpe.jpg'

4. Roll over onto your stomach, pull your legs into a sous sous position. Keep working with the leg you did in the previous exercises, so your working leg goes on top. If you were standing this would be the back leg. Turn out, and circle the leg in 4, 8, or 16 small circles. Repeat same number of small circles in the opposite direction.

5. Stretch same leg out to it's second position. Repeat same number of circles in both directions again (this one is hard).

6. Sit up so that the leg you haven't been working with is crossed in front of you, and the one you've been working is pointing behind you. Stretch your hip out up and down.

Image hotlink - 'http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h49/balletbelle/th_HipStretch.jpg'

7. Stretch your back leg out behind you, turning out (arabesque stretch on the floor).

Image hotlink - 'http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h49/balletbelle/th_ArabesqueStretch.jpg'

8. Turn towards back leg, stretch out other leg and stretch to your center splits.

9. Turn your leg back in (the one you haven't been working with), and your other leg straight out in front of you. Keep the leg turned out, repeat 4, 8, or 16 small circles in both directions, keeping the leg lifted off the ground.

10. Repeat with the other leg.

This is actually really great, I've noticed big improvements doing this short exercise every day :D I hope it helps some of you because it took a loooong time to make this :D

I've just realized that the camera angle makes me look very bottom-heavy O_o

142 Replies to The Turnout Dance

re: The Turnout Dance
By CaptainCathymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 4958, member since Wed Dec 18, 2002
On Sat Sep 16, 2006 01:32 PM
Wow! It's so nice of you to have put this together.

I have done the first exercise a lot of times, and I always feel the burn after some reps. It has really helped me on maintaining my maximum turnout when I dance. I'll be sure to try the rest of these out!
re: The Turnout Dance
By Gracious Comments: 102, member since Sat Aug 13, 2005
On Sat Sep 16, 2006 02:54 PM
Edited by Gracious (138575) on 2006-09-16 15:06:23
Great post luv2d4nc3, thank you so much!
These will definitely help me a lot! : )

~Gracia~

EDIT: Forgot to say, but the videos were a great idea, very clarifying! And I don't think anyone thinks you look "bottom-heavy", lol!
I just noticed the top looks very nice on you, I wish I could wear yellow...!
re: The Turnout Dance
By Ballet_Baibemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 2574, member since Tue Feb 21, 2006
On Sat Sep 16, 2006 03:55 PM
Awesome excercises, thanks for posting, the videos make it really easy to understand, and you don't look bottom heavy.

Karma for you. :)

Ballet_Baibe
re: The Turnout Dance
By dancingbeth Comments: 2252, member since Sat Jul 09, 2005
On Sun Sep 17, 2006 01:35 AM
Thank you for this! I think this would be quite a good sticky as people are always asking for turnout exercises and videos always seem to be a big hit with people who aren't so great at following someone else's instructions.
re: The Turnout Dance
By BadaylaPremium member Comments: 1529, member since Tue Jun 21, 2005
On Sun Sep 17, 2006 06:40 AM
That looks very helpful!

I love finding new things like these!

Kayla
re: The Turnout Dance
By GrubbleBubblemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 3880, member since Mon Nov 07, 2005
On Sun Sep 17, 2006 11:49 PM
Thank you so much!! The video idea is really helpful as sometimes I read the steps but still can't visualise what I have to do. And you're anything but bottom-heavy.
re: The Turnout Dance
By shmcdona Comments: 857, member since Sat May 01, 2004
On Mon Sep 18, 2006 08:15 AM
These "dances" are from anatomist and choreographer Irene Dowd. She works closely with both the Juliard and National Ballet School of Canada. She has several "dances" used to work on everything from ankles, feet, core, arms, hamstrings...etc. These are amazing exercises that are specifically designed to compliment a dancers training. I use them in my conditioning classes I teach. You can buy some of these "dances" on video. I know they were for sale at the National Ballet School Of Canada Teachers Summer Seminar. Not too sure where else you could get them, but videos do exists.
re: The Turnout Dance
By SkittleMeDee Comments: 91, member since Sat Jul 22, 2006
On Sun Oct 01, 2006 05:14 AM
Thank you for this, its really going to help me and my sucky turnout.
re: The Turnout Dance
By TrunkZy Comments: 113, member since Wed Sep 20, 2006
On Sun Oct 01, 2006 06:21 AM
WOW thank you so very much for doing this. Recording it was a great idea - sometimes you just don't get the hang when you only read it. I've done some of these exercises before, but the first two I find very helpful.
Thanks much!
re: The Turnout Dance
By jane_swanmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 193, member since Sat Feb 18, 2006
On Sun Oct 01, 2006 02:14 PM
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wow fab post.
really nice of u to do this luvin the fact that u illustrated it aswell.
xx
re: The Turnout Dance
By BreakingFree Comments: 169, member since Sun Aug 20, 2006
On Tue Oct 03, 2006 09:53 AM
I did the Clam Stretch, and I felt the muscle somewhere near the bottom of my butt. Am I doing it correctly?
re: The Turnout Dance
By Ballet_babygirl Comments: 55, member since Wed Oct 04, 2006
On Wed Oct 04, 2006 06:00 AM
Thanks for the tip! my turnout isn't that good...:( now i think it should get better. i am also feeling something near my butt. am i doing it right?
re: The Turnout Dance
By balletbelle_xoxmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 897, member since Tue Jul 12, 2005
On Wed Oct 04, 2006 08:47 AM
Yes some of your turnout muscles are right below your butt so you are doing it correctly ^_^
re: The Turnout Dance
By nymagirlmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 216, member since Tue Sep 26, 2006
On Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:47 AM
wow! this is really useful! THX! I can do my turn out easily , but I have a hard time keeping it with arabesque and attitudes! So, this will be very helpful!
re: The Turnout Dance
By emdizzle Comments: 4, member since Sun Oct 08, 2006
On Sun Oct 08, 2006 08:51 PM
this is really helpful... thnx alot... maybe i wont look so clumsy in my classes nemore..
lol
re: The Turnout Dance
By merdidancer Comments: 35, member since Sat Oct 14, 2006
On Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:31 AM
Videos are great! This kind of post was just what I was looking for. I'm going to go do the exercises now!
re: The Turnout Dance
By LiLDancer2008 Comments: 17, member since Tue Aug 09, 2005
On Wed Oct 18, 2006 09:42 PM
Thanks for posting this! It's really detailed and it helps a lot! I like how there are videos to show exactly what to do.
re: The Turnout Dance
By slipjig_cleary Comments: 90, member since Fri Mar 31, 2006
On Sat Oct 21, 2006 07:32 PM
Wow! That is great! Thank you so so much! That is so helpful!
re: The Turnout Dance
By OnYourToez Comments: 282, member since Sun Sep 24, 2006
On Sun Oct 22, 2006 02:29 PM
Thanks! My teacher tells us that doing eleves/releves with the non-working foot in sur le cou de pied(sp?) helps with turnout too(not to mention strengthening your working leg). Great stretches!!!
re: The Turnout Dance
By Legwarmermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 5734, member since Mon Sep 26, 2005
On Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:54 AM
LOL, I had to read another member's reply to figure out that those are videos!

I already wondered why you edited them in such a strange way!!

LOOOO L....
re: The Turnout Dance
By Loliummember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 370, member since Wed Mar 15, 2006
On Thu Oct 26, 2006 03:38 AM
THANK YOU!!!
I'm really turned in and desperate for stuff like this to knock myself out from practicing!
re: The Turnout Dance
By KillerQueen1member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 414, member since Wed Feb 01, 2006
On Sat Oct 28, 2006 09:09 PM
Thank you so much. I will definately try those exercise. My turnout sucks.
re: The Turnout Dance
By yaytiffanyraemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 280, member since Sun Sep 17, 2006
On Fri Nov 03, 2006 07:03 PM
AHHH thank you. i was actually just looking to post about turnout exercises. i have the flexibilty, but not the strength. :[
re: The Turnout Dance
By dancerdancer22member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 474, member since Sat Oct 28, 2006
On Sat Nov 04, 2006 03:40 PM
I think this really helped!Thanks!The pictures or videos (whatever) didn't help but reading what you said(which was a lot) did help!Keep this kinda help coming!I like it!If you made the pictures? great jorb!
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