With all of these variables does make it very tricky for a teacher in class to help all students at once - as they all have slightly different issues. However, the key factor in all of these students is that they lack true deep core strength, even though they all develop different strategies to cope with it. True core control is demonstrated by the ease in which they can maintain good postural positioning for extended periods, rather than momentarily bracing for a set exercise.
While ideally they should be working their deep core in all dance classes, sometimes this is not really engaging properly. Students often need specific instruction on exactly how to engage their true deep abdominals, as well as a regular conditioning class, to really engage the innermost muscles correctly. Once the core is working consistently in class and in daily life, this reduces the load onto all of the other muscles around the hips enormously. For ideas on deep core activation, try the following exercises before class:
Once dancers have found their true deep core, this provides a base to learn how to work all of the other muscles in the pelvis and hip properly. Our Training Turnout Book presents detailed exercises and sequences for each of these areas for optimal control.
Often during the period of integrating true core control into class, it is necessary to lower the height of the working leg to approximately 1/2 of the students full working height for a short period. Students and teachers should not be afraid of doing this for short periods, and it can result in great improvements in their technique.
By looking at each student individually with the above ideas in mind, and working through the A New Approach to Core Stability program, and the appropriate areas of the Training Turnout course with your students, then this is a great start on helping them to overcome their clicking hips!