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Panche`

I have a hard time doing panche. I almost always fall on my face. I want to be able to hold the position. Can you give me some tips??

  • Zoe

    Don’t look down. Look out beyond your fingertips of your forward arm. Make sure your weight is over the supporting leg, not behind it. Make sure your supporting leg is pulled up, not bent at the knee. Make sure your working leg is also stretched and pointed. Pull your stomach muscles in towards your spine. Pull your shoulder blades down so that your back muscles are engaged, and make sure your body is not twisted to the side.

  • Zoe

    By the way it is spelled “penche’”

  • Marissa

    a good penche starts with a good arabesque. make sure you are balanced and your knees are straight. once you are ready, go into your penche slowly and only as far as you can while keeping your balance. gradually start increasing how far you go down until you can go all the way without falling. you can also practice at the bar with your outside hand in front.

  • sarah

    u must have a good arabesque with A TURNED OUT WORKING LEG! dont over turn out the standing leg, because unless you are super super lifted, you will lose your balance. Before you penche forard, lift up and go down very slowly.

  • Kaat

    Feeling dumb, but what is penche?

  • http://Gardiner Zoe

    Penche is an arabesque where your leg goes as high as it can while your body tilts forward (but doesn’t collapse), usually in first arabesque. It means tipped, or leaning. It is also called “plonge’ “, or plunged arabesque.

  • Nancy

    I thought Penche was when you have your leg in arabesque and you have to turn with out bending your knee or or going up on your toes.

  • http://Gardiner Zoe

    That is tour lente or promenade.

  • Jen

    If you want to see an amazing promenade, go to YouTube and search for “butterfly lovers” – it’s a chinese pair – and believe it or not, she promenades ON HIS HEAD!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nancy

    I think his head would be broken.

  • Marissa

    @ Nancy: it is true, go watch the video it’s really amazing.

  • Dylan

    Its mega strange!! Her arabesque is amazing .. on or not on his head! Its like up to her head! And shes not even tilting her back!!!!!!! But hes wearing a helmet, therefor no broken bones .. But still .. amazing to watch!!

  • Nancy

    Which video is it? Theres three videos.

  • Marissa

    @Nancy: I think they are all the same.

  • Nancy

    WOW, that was really wierd. I just watched the video.

  • Nancy

    after the person writes the problem or what ever there things why does it say popularity?:(

  • geane

    ihi its geane it definately tkes time to do that sought of stuff getting second opinions really help but i dnt hav one sry
    love geane

  • stefania

    omg…i’ve never seen such a GREAT promenande…omg..since i saw it..i cant stop watching it all day!!!

  • stefania

    I THINK SHE’S THE BEST BALLERINA IN THE WHOLE WORLD:s(the girl in butterfly lovers)