Working in first position, let’s practice the Plié-Relevé because eventually it will become the way you fondu-relevé, or plié-relevé.
When I am in demi-plié, I am gripping the floor with my toes. I intend to remain in demi-plié as I roll my feet to the half-toe.
To begin rolling the foot over to half-toe, I am thinking of the inside of the leg and the inside of the foot. I am conscious of moving my inner ankle bone so it’s lined up with the big toe and second toe. I am pushing my arch over the toes as far as it can go.
When my foot has arrived on half-toe I’m still trying to increase the arch. I am still keeping the awareness of the inside of the leg and the inside of the foot so it doesn’t roll outward and sickle.
When I begin rolling down, I still want to keep that same alignment to the big toe as I lower the heel. Once the heels are down, I push the floor which makes me come up to the standing position.
Now, the difference between what I just showed you and what those of you who have a sickled foot problem do is that you begin the exercise already standing back on your heels so that roll to half-toe with your weight on the outside of your foot. Your foot is already sickled and your weight is going to the little toe instead of the big toe.
So you arrive on half-toe with a sickled foot. Yes, your leg is straight, and yes, you’re on half-toe, but look where you are. And, look what you look like. (Remember, you should be doing all The Sickled Foot exercises in front of a mirror.)
You’re way back on your heel, so you easily drop from the half-toe to the flat foot.
You must correct this by thinking of using the inside of your leg and foot so you connect to the big toe and second toe.
You must keep that awareness as you continue to work the exercise.
If you allow yourself to sit back you’re not really in Number 1. You’re not thinking of standing straight to the floor like a post, and therefore you will have a tendency to have your weight back on your heel and little toe.
Whereas, when you are correctly standing in Number 1, you are balanced and ready to roll your foot to half-toe immediately without having to adjust your body placement and muscle contact.
The difference is that instead of a shaking balance with a wobbly ankle and dropping heel, you will have a solid balance with a quiet foot on half-toe.
If you’re having problems in this area, you must correct yourself!
Our next blog will show you How To Flic The Foot.
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