LET'S GET SERIOUS.
THE TRUTH ABOUT TURNOUT - BUSTING THE COMMON MYTHS REGARDING TURNOUT.
22 July 2020
Turnout is a combination of rotational flexibility and the strength to properly hold that rotation, it is the foundation of ballet.
But it also a source of frustration for many dancers. While there is always one kid at the studio who has a natural 180 degree turnout, most of us have to work at it.
The good news is that it is possible to both improve your turnout and dance beautifully with less-than-perfect rotation.
Here, we will counter much of the misinformation out there regarding how turnout works and why it is important.
If your feet are turned out 180 degrees, that means you are using your turnout.
Turning out requires rotating your legs from the inside of the hip all the way through your feet. This requires flexibility, strength and placement. A quick way to check, is by doing a demi-plie in first, if your knees roll forward and do not go directly over your toes you are not turning out correctly.
Walking turned out in your day to day life will help turn out.
Wrong, whilst some people naturally walk like this, forcing yourself to do so will not improve your rotation.
You have to turn in to complete certain steps.
Nope when this happens it is due to a lack of strength or placement, not because the movements are physically impossible to do turned out.
You cannot be a professional dancer unless your have 180 degree turn out.
A lot of dancers do not have perfect turnout – they do however hace the muscle control to make the best of their rotation.
To read more about turnout and for ways to safely increase it, check out the resources in our "Let's Get Serious" section