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Backtracking, Alignment, & Pilates, Oh My!

Good News: I'm still taking dance class. Bad News: As suspected, I've had to cut back on classes.

I was originally attempting to take three ballet classes and one tap class but apparently this was TOO MUCH for the ankle to deal with (grumble), so I've had to cut back to just two ballet classes for the time being. I'm still getting tight in my peroneals/calf, and the PT also thinks that I still have some scar tissue from surgery to work out, but I feel like we're finally making a little progress again, though it was very much "two steps forward, one step back," for a bit. Definitely feel like I had to rewind and start over, but at least I'm still dancing.

My PT has been working closely with the artistic director of another ballet school in town regarding dance medicine and injury prevention, and she suggested I try taking class with that AD because she would be able to really keep an eye on my shenanigans. I met with the AD yesterday, and it was interesting! She is less worried about my ankle and its flexibility, and more worried about my alignment.

For MONTHS (or maybe years), I've been asking every teacher I take class with for some advice on how to NOT sit into my hyper-extension (especially when standing on one leg). Each has offered advice, but none of it has really worked for me.

New AD worked with me to really activate and use my seat muscles (aka: under the leotard muscles) and it helped SO MUCH! Well, it works when I actually keep them active and really focus on rotating from my hips; those babies are a little weak right now. But it was exciting--if you think about it, being in hyper-extension actually tilts your pelvis out of alignment. Very interesting--I'm intrigued with how things will progress.

Speaking of alignment-type things, I'm also going to be starting a reformer Pilates class next week (once a week) in the hopes of really working on strength and alignment outside of dance. I have some work to do, but finally feel like I'm moving forward again.


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