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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 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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I'm an adult and just started taking ballet classes for the first time in my life, and I'm having trouble keeping my balance. I've never really paid attention to my balance in the past, but I always seem to fall over when the teacher has me hold relevé in any position. Do you have any tips or suggestions?

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I have a student who's complaining that her hip's popping out of the socket. I notice that when I ask her to rotate her leg in and out while in a tendu, it seems to pop out when she's turning in and goes back in place when she's turning out. I've never seen this before. Can you shed some light on what it is and how I should deal with it?

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My daughter is 11 and has "dancer's knee"—meaning there's inflammation under her kneecap. Do you have any suggestions for how to fix this?

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My daughter's dance teacher says she overpronates in first position and is recommending orthotics. Are there any exercises to improve this?

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Everyone in my dance class can get to at least 90 degrees in their développé with the correct placement, and a few of them can get to 120 degrees with the correct placement. I can only get my legs to about 45 degrees to the front and side before my teachers tell me that my placement is incorrect. How do I get my développés to consistently be at least 90 degrees and keep my placement correct?

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