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Professional ballerina Maegan Woodin will have you pirouetting to The Nutcracker in no time with these Howcast dance videos.
My name is Maegan Woodin, and I'm a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and student. I have danced for MTV, Diana Ross, Marc Jacobs and have appeared in many music videos. You can find more information about me and my career, as well as photos and videos, at www.dgtnyc.com. I'm going to be talking to you about ballet. When improving your turnout, you want to gain strength in the natural turnout, and not try to overdo it, or strain your muscles or your knee. Standing in parallel position, we find our turnout muscles by, they come all the way up and wrap around all the way to the back and through your inner thighs. So you can turn your leg in, and you want to feel that muscle turning around and coming right to first position. You don't want to try to push your feet too far back, because that will create a lot of strain on your knee. So just first working it in your natural turnout, and then from there you can create more strength and more stability, which will enable you to turn your legs out further.