Sickling

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Sickling:

sik-ull-ing

Sickling is a ballet term that is used to describe a dancer’s foot that is incorrectly placed or pointed, causing it to look curved inwards when looking at the front view of the leg.  A dancer will often receive the correction of sickling many times thought out training and even into professional careers.

A sickled foot is somewhat common during training because the amount of flexibility in a person’s foot and ankle is generally greater on the inside of the foot.  If a dancer thinks of simply “pointing your feet as hard as you possibly can!” the foot almost naturally goes into a sickled position.

So why is sickling considered a correction if it’s more natural?

The line a sickled foot creates for a dancer is generally thought as aesthetically unpleasing.  Secondly, a dancer is more prone to injuries when sickling their feet because of the slanted alignment in their foot when releving or landing from a jump.

BalletHub has a very popular article to learn more about sickling in ballet.

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