Ask Deb: How Do I Fix Lower-Back Pain?

Ask Deb: How Do I Fix Lower-Back Pain?

Q: I have a very flexible spine and torso. My teachers tell me to use this flexibility during cambrés and port de bras, but when I do, I feel pain—mostly in my lower back. What should I change so I don’t end up with back problems?A: It can be challenging to...
Ask Deb: I'm Sinking Into My Pointe Shoes

Ask Deb: I'm Sinking Into My Pointe Shoes

Q: I’m sinking into my pointe shoes. I’ve tried different shoes and nothing is working. I used to have high arches, but they seem to be less flexible these days. Is this why I’m sinking?A: I actually believe pronation could be the cause of your...
How 
Turn-in Helps Your Turnout

How Turn-in Helps Your Turnout

Turnout—the outward rotation of the hips that dancers are constantly striving to improve. Yet few actually have the 180-degree outward rotation that is so idealized. In her 40-plus years of working as a movement analyst, Deborah Vogel has only come across a handful of...

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