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Dancers! Is your uneven turnout causing you pain, injuries, and decreased performance?

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three turnout position pictures
Uneven turnout in ballet or in various styles of dance, means that one hip is able to rotate outward more than the other. This can happen in any position from first to fifth, and this can happen in only some of the positions and not all positions. Similarly, you can have a completely even turn out in first position. And yet, if you bring the leg back, or forward, or to the side you might notice that the turnout becomes uneven, with one leg turning out more than the other.

Let's look at a case study.

Let's look at a case study. Maggie an 11 years old ballet dancer had her turnout almost even in the first position, completely even in the second position, and very uneven in the fifth position. Maggie's mom asked Lisa, an EasyFlexibility instructor in training for help. Lisa a new instructor in training contacted us for support. She just wanted to make sure that she is doing the right thing with Maggie. Of course, we were glad to give her the support.

Using Zaichik Stretching Techniques (ZST) the instructor tested all of Maggie's muscles involved in a turnout, finding that her gluteus medius and gluteus minimus on the left side was the cause of the problem. Meggie's right leg was turning out a lot better than the left. And when the strength was checked. It was understood that flexibility was a restricting factor, not strength.

We recommended the instructor to proceed with a ZST targeting the left gluteus medius and minimus and the supporting exercises, until the turnout was even. Once the turn out, became even Maggie's mom and Maggie were advised to work on a full turnout program. This way, both strength and flexibility on both sides, in different positions for all the muscles that restrict the turnout would be lengthened, and all the muscles that strengthen the turnout would be strengthened.
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If you feel that your turnout is not balanced, you can perform a little test.

If you feel that your turnout is not balanced, you can perform a little test.

  • Lie down on your back and simply allow your legs to fall out to the sides with your heels together.
  • Make sure that your hips are evenly touching the floor and check your turnout.
  • Compare the outward rotation angle of each hip. In other words, how close the outside of your foot is on the left side compared to the right side.
  • You can also do the same thing actively, by contracting the muscles that do the turn out and see how far out you can go.

You can do the same thing in various positions. And you can do this in a standing
position one leg at a time. If you do both legs at the same time in standing position it's very difficult to determine if one side is compensating for the other.

If your turnout is indeed even and you simply want to improve it, take a look at our turnout program, which has helped thousands of dancers to improve their turnout.

If your turnout is not even, we recommend that you reach out to a certified EasyFlexibility instructor to find out where the problem is. Don't worry, the instructor always has an opportunity to talk to us, especially if they are recently certified, and make sure that you get the proper instructions and proper testing.

And after that, we recommend that you work on one side until the sides are evened out, especially if there is a large difference in the turnout. If the difference is small, you can proceed with working on both sides at the same time. Slight adjustments of course can be made and an EasyFlexibility certified instructor can help you with that. Good luck with your training.


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About the Author:

Paul Zaichik is an Exercise Science Expert, author of multitude of books, and the creator of Zaichik Stretching Technique (formely known as Kinesiological Stretching Technique). His speciality is flexibility training as well as body weight conditioning. His innovative method is designed to have maximum carry over into specific athletic techniques. Paul is the author of books and DVD’s on the topic of flexibility, martial arts and bodyweight training. Over the years, Paul Zaichik has worked with a variety of individuals including athletes, entertainers, and military personnel. His ElasticSteel Method of Athletic Conditioning programs, EasyFlexibility Programs and Zaichik Stretching Techniques are used world wide by both professional and amateurs with great success.
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