Ballet Conditioning for the feet
Ballet conditioning for the feet by adding a ball will further challenge and build the strength needed for classical ballet. Working against the instability of the ball’s surface forces the muscles to respond with an increased effort, allowing for a quicker more efficient workout.
Here is a variation on the toe swap exercise done on the floor and traditional releves (rises on the ball of the foot).
By using the ball, you get a fuller range of motion with resistance that is excellent for strength and increase of range through the front of the ankle. You are also increasing your kinesthetic awareness in your foot position.
Toe swapping on the ball
Relevés on the ball
It may be a bit difficult to see but the ball of the foot is on its highest 3/4 pointe position. Fully stretch the toes evenly without scrunching as you extend through the front of the ankle.
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