How do you increase your turnout in ballet?
A great way to improve your turnout is strengthening your legs.
Once you have enough strength and learn how to use your muscles,
everything clicks. You will engage your muscles easily and your
turnout will come naturally. Stretches may help, but you need the
strength to really improve your turnout forever.
Be careful when trying to improve turn-out. Each individual has
certain limitations in their hip socket, so forcing turn-out can
lead to major hip/leg problems. Always go slow when stretching, and
don't stretch too hard when you are cold. Below is actually called
a 'roll through', which when done correctly is very good for
dancers. It is extreme though, so again be careful.
Sit with your legs in a wide side split. Stretch to both legs
and the front. Put your hands in front of you and then walk
yourself over until you are laying in on your stomach, with your
legs in the same position. Lay here for a bit, then bend your legs
at the knees, folding your feet in towards each other. (You'll look
a bit like a frog.) Do this each day and it will greatly help your
Keep your knees up while in the splits.
My ballet instructor recently taught me a good exercise. You
stand against a wall with a chair in front of you for balance and
you turn out your feet.
The frog position is also good for turnout, but if you hold the
position for too long you could really mess up your hips. you just
lay on your stomach and put your feet together with your knees bent
and as far apart as possible. let the weight of your feet pull your
feet down. you could also have someone else push down on your feet,
but too much pressure is very painful.
Find other hip flexor stretches besides the frog stretch. Doing
them every day will improve your turnout. Also be conscious of what
muscles you're using to keep your turnout how you're using them
while you are at the barre. The proper way is to be turned out from
the hip, which will engage the butt, inner thigh, and hip flexor
muscles. An improper turnout from the knee would not use these