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UMD TDPS student Chelsea Brown in her performance
M42 at the 2016 UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert
• photo by Stan Barouh
COORDINATE THE RIGHT MUSCLES
The other muscles involved in turnout are
the inner thighs, abdominals and pelvic floor.
Think of all of these muscles as one muscle and
activate them at the same time. Practice the
sensation with this exercise:
1. Begin in second position using two-thirds
of your normal turnout.
2. Exhale and engage your deep rotators until
you feel them lift your pelvis up in the
front to open your hip joint and lift your
heels off of the floor. The front of the hip
should be flat.
3. As you relevé, exhale again to engage your
abdominals, inner thighs and the pelvic
4. At the height of your relevé, add the
muscles of your back with port de bras.
Imagine a string connecting your navel to
5. Exhale again and grow another inch higher.
Memorize this sensation. Practice or visualize it four times a day for about a minute each
time to create a new muscular habit. Progress
to a narrower base in first position and then to
single-leg positions, such as passé. You should
be able to enjoy a new sense of lift on the first
try and have it mastered within just a few short
weeks of practice. n
Even if you don’t have access to turnout
Practice coordinating all the
measurement, start strengthening—
almost everyone needs it.
muscles involved in turnout.