Developpe A La Seconde is a ballet technique in extending the leg to the side. Strength, balance, control, awareness and of course flexibility are factors needed to extend the leg high, with grace. At the same time full control of the movement and holding the leg vertical is what all ballet dancers strive for.
Watch the anatomy video for a Developpe to learn all the muscles involved
A standard way to work the Developpe to forward, to the side or back into the Arabesque is through bar and partner flexibility drills. Practicing the technique over and over is often prescribed. Most dancers improve, though over a long period of time.
Our approach is different
Our program develops very specific flexibility using kinesiological stretching techniques. At the same time the crucial short range contraction and awareness of which muscles do the work is built through reciprocal inhibition. This develops the skill much faster and safer than traditional stretch and do over method.
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