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Week 5 Homework: The Sauté Test
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Suzanna Derynioski
Aug 09, 2022
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Week 5 Homework: The Sauté Test
In Cohort 3
Suzanna Derynioski
Aug 09, 2022
I tried out the Saute Test with my students and made sure to take a video. I realized right before I made this post that I could slow the video down to have a better look at what was going on. I plan to use this as a tool to help students see what’s happening. I do wish I had moved while I was videoing to get a side view. We tried the test at the barre just to see how it would go the first time. In general, maintaining deep rotator and core engagement could be better. This is something that this group, as well as the other students I have during the year, could stand to work on. The three on the right, but especially the one in the skirt, have anterior pelvic tilts. Two of them understand the concept of a neutral pelvis and I’ve seen them make the correction on their own, but the one in the skirt has been really struggling. I did notice a couple of the dancers also sickling or winging a bit as they jump, but it didn’t really look like they landed sickled or winged, but please correct me if I’m wrong. A bit of a follow up question to Molly’s about turnout cues, is there a way to tell if dancers are using the correct muscles for turnout? I know we’ve discussed using the toes as a tool to see if it’s not coming from the hips, but what about if they’re turning out from the hips, but not the right hip muscles? I have an anterior pelvic tilt. When I take class, I’m able to pay attention to my body and keep myself in better alignment. However, when I teach, I can’t pay as much attention to my own alignment when demonstrating, so I revert to bad habits. I laughed a bit to myself when we got to the part in the slideshow last week that has the picture that shows how the kinetic chain is disrupted by an anterior pelvic tilt because all of that is what I’m dealing with right now. In my students, I mostly see some level of anterior tilt as well. I have a couple that it’s more substantial, like the dancer in the skirt mentioned above. Thinking about this is now making me wonder, is anterior pelvic tilt more common in dancers than posterior tilt? At what point should dancers with either tilt see a physical therapist?
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Week 4 Homework: The Airplane Test
In Cohort 3
Suzanna Derynioski
Aug 02, 2022
Wow the airplane test is hard! I tried the test out with five students, and all had trouble. Three of them had been taking a class with another teacher the past few weeks that was basically conditioning, so I had expected them to be able to do the test better than they had. The two other students were dropping into class after time off, so I wasn’t expecting perfection from them. The most common problem was keeping their bodies even and parallel to the floor. Most reached their chests forward to try to reach the floor, even after being told reaching the floor isn’t the goal today. A couple really wanted to turn out the lifted leg, and a couple also had trouble keeping the supporting foot stable on the way up. I was happy to see that all kept their knees tracking over their middle toes in plie. I also tried out the test on my own after class and took a video. I wasn’t expecting it to be perfect since I’m currently waiting on a PT appointment for some hip/hamstring issues, but I figured I’d share anyway. Checking myself in the mirror threw off my form. I can see how using a dowel is helpful for body awareness. At this studio starting this coming year, we’re starting a new conditioning class that’s required for all dancers 1st grade and above. In years past we’ve had an optional conditioning class, but it didn’t have good enrollment. We’re hoping if everyone is taking the class, strength and control will be better across the board. I’ve been working with some younger students this summer to figure out what their classes are going to look like, and we’ve been working on balance, coordination, and basic dance steps. We talk a lot about “train track feet” in eleves and jumps and I introduced tripod foot last week when we worked on balancing. You mentioned before that clicking in the hip means that there isn’t sufficient control of the psoas. What about if someone is having pinching in the lower back in arabesque?
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