Thursday, May 20, 2010

Learn More About Winging and Sickling

Here is a beautiful example of a winged foot - not too much prolongation.

I found this article in Dance Teacher Magazine, Theory and Practice: Winging (and Sickling) It, to be very helpful for not only spotting sickled feet and how to fix them, but also being wary of winged feet. Both can be signs of weak ankles. This article outlines exercises dancers can do to strengthen the ankles to prevent injuries. Check it out!

Some Highlights:

  • Dancers with weak or untrained ankles are more likely to sickle their feet
  • Winging can become dangerous if that foot is supporting weight, so use caution when teaching students to wing their feet.
  • "Those teachers who approve of winging should explain how a winged foot fits into the classical line as a whole, to prevent winging from becoming an empty affectation."


  1. Question!

    I was having some pain in my ankles after winging my arabesques all weak. It does look nicer, but I don't want to hurt myself. It was so sore on the outside of my ankle. My question: Is it okay to wing your foot when no wait is on it ....I'm wondering what caused this ankle soreness. My teacher encourages us to do it. Help!


  2. I would be careful about winging your foot too much. Yes, it is a very pretty aesthetic, but it is not natural for your ankle ligaments. I suggest stopping when you feel pain and work on it gradually. Think of it like increasing flexibility, it will take time to train your foot.

  3. What if your like me and you wing your foot naturally? Should you keep winging it?