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I would like information on how to manage tibial torsion for a dancer who has been "duck-footed" since birth. For years teachers told me I needed to strengthen my lower-leg muscles to make them align, but this just forced my feet to roll to the outside or put pressure on my knees. What should I do?

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I put dancing aside for two years, but now I'm back and ready to work hard. The only problem is that I get really nauseated in class when turning. This was never an issue before I stopped. Do you know what the problem could be?

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During seated stretches, I encourage my students to sit straight on their sits bones and then fold forward at the hips—even if they don't go forward very far. One student tells me that if she sits as I instruct, she can't reach forward at all. Why?
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I have a dancer who has a very tight back. She can't even touch her toes. She says it doesn't hurt, but she feels no stretch. I am able to push her back down further (with no pain for her), but she just can't do it on her own. How can I help her? —Anna

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My dancers keep dropping into their lower backs without support from their abdominals during cambré? How can I stop this?

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I'm 14 years old, and I love dance more than anything, but after school and homework, I have trouble finding the energy to go to my grueling classes. Is there any food or drink that could help get me more energy?

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I have, according my dance teachers, the "perfect dancer body." My legs are hyperextended and I have perfect turnout. If I have the "perfect dancer body," then why does my body hurt so much while I dance?

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I know that forcing myself to turn out will hurt my ankles and knees, but can it cause my leg to become bow-shaped, too? I ask, because I didn't have bowlegs before I took ballet classes, but after a few years, my calf shape has changed, and lately my teacher is telling me that I use the wrong muscle to turn out. Are the two problems connected?

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