Where is the correct place to tie the ribbon knot? I’ve heard different stories

I’ve observed that dancers seem to tie the ribbon knot at the same place, but I can’t be sure if it’s the right way to do it. Where is the correct place to tie the ribbon knot?


5 replies
  1. Jasmine
    Jasmine says:

    Ribbons should always be tied on the inside of the ankle. If you run your fingers back from the prominent ankle bone on the inside there is a natural dip in the flesh. this (for me) is the most comfortable place to knot and tuck in the ribbons.

    Always make sure your ribbons are tied firmly and securely – too tight and they will be uncomfortable and cut off your circulation; too loose and they could cause injury as your shoe will move around on your foot and cause you to slip.

    Knotting ribbons on the inside of the ankle is primarily to prevent injury to the Achilles tendon, which runs up from your heel and is also considered an aesthetic convention.

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    I was taught a variation on Jasmine’s recommendation, which is to tie the ribbons on the _outside_ of the ankle. So yes, in the natural dip between Achilles tendon and ankle bone, but not on the inside, rather on the outside. The reason for this is aesthetic: the knot is thus invisible to the audience when the dancer is standing facing front in a turned-out position, with the insides of the ankle directed towards the audience. I’ve seen both inside and outside options (in life and in photographs) but the really important thing is the common feature: the knot never sits on the Achilles tendon.

  3. Morgan
    Morgan says:

    It doesn’t matter really if you tie the ribbon on the inside or outside just as long as it looks right and it’s comfortable, my friend Lydia ties it on the outside and I tie it on the inside. Whatever works for you! 🙂


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