How to Improve Turnout in Ballet

Learn how to improve your turnout from ballerina Maegan Woodin in this Howcast ballet dance video.

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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.

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  • Maegan Woodin

    Maegan Woodin was born and raised in Vermont and began her dance training at the age of five at the Vermont Conservatory of Ballet. She continued her studies at Lebanon Ballet School in New Hampshire, where she performed soloist and principle roles for City Center Ballet. Upon moving to New York City in 2006, Maegan began dancing with Ballet for Young Audiences. She performed soloist and principle roles in BYA's productions of The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast and Pirates. She has had the opportunity to perform the works of such esteemed choreographers as Julie Bour, David Fernandez, Nicole Fosse, Earl Mosley, Andrew Parker and Pamela Pribisco.