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#1 luv2dance515


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Posted 05 April 2005 - 04:01 PM

I was wondering if there was such a thing as hyperextended elbows. When I straighten out my elbows all the way, it looks like my elbows are pushed really out, like straight arm, then it bends out at the elbow, then it's straight again. Sorry if this is confusing, I wasn't sure how to explain it.

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 06:30 PM

yeah there is such a thing my friend has it and she does all these tricks with it. i don't know if the exact term is hypertextended b ut there is such a thing.

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 06:36 PM

There's definitely such a thing. Your elbows are like your knees...my elbows are hyperextended.

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 06:47 PM

My friend has hyperextended elbows, and our teacher is always trying to help her correct how it looks.

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 06:49 PM

Most definitely! When you take your arm straight up, not rounded, but totally straight, it will not make a straight line, it makes a very weird angle. Not pretty. :rolleyes: People with hyperextended elbows, which usually goes along with hyperextended knees, can NEVER totally straighten their arms. They look gross. But, the good news is that it is totally controllable. I know, believe me! Mine are totally gross when straight. :grinning: :lol:

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 07:43 PM

It especially looks a bit funny when doing "Swan Lake" and the rest of the corp doesn't have them, but one dancer. A particular dancer at our school had VERY hyperextended elbows and also a bad habit of bending her wrist somewhat in or out too far. That made for a not-so-pretty sight.

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 11:29 PM

Tell me about hyperextended elbows! :clapping: I defintely have got them! My teacher is always always always correcting me on them. Thankfully she can understand, becasue she's got them too. I just work on keeping them rounded and under control, so that they don't go gross looking. In some freemovement excersise you're meant to have straight arms.....so I have to have mine slightly 'not' straigh.

Compare yourself to your non-dancing friends; who wouldn't be seen dead in a leotard, who wouldn't let a male or female ballet teacher give hands-on corrections, who wouldn't have an older teacher as their role model, who wouldn't dare miss their social lives and t.v. to spend every night in the dance studio, who wouldn't voluntarily suffer blisters from standing on their toes....I think we can safely say that we're a unique group of people - driven by passion.

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Posted 08 April 2005 - 01:37 AM

i have hyperextended elbows too! mine look really weird and my friends always call me an alien because it always look broken. O_o but it doesn't really matter much to me. My teachers tell me often that I have nice arms. :thumbsup: What I wish I had though were hyperextended knees. My knee caps are too far out that sometimes, it seems as if I don't stretch it enough (even when I stretch it so much that it makes me want to cry already) :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 April 2005 - 08:02 AM

I have hyperextended elbows........and knees, and wrists, and fingers, etc. My physical therapist says that's just how I'm built and gives me strengthening excersizes to prevent injury. I try to always be aware of my arms, especially at times when they are supposed to be straight, that I not go till *I* think they're straight.

And this is silly, but outside of class don't show everyone and their grandmother how you can hyperextend your arms. That probably just makes it worse.

That being said, I'm dancing in the modern piece with another hyperextended person and we wanted to show that hyperextension isn't always ugly. :(

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Posted 16 April 2005 - 03:51 PM

I have hyperextended elbows. They are really hard to keep in control. My teachers are always telling me to soften my elbows.

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Posted 16 April 2005 - 06:15 PM

Does anyone else's hyperextended elbows hurt sometimes?

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Posted 16 April 2005 - 08:09 PM

I have hyperextended elbows and knees. But my hyperextended elbows are a problem sometimes. When I hold them in high fifth, I tend to straighten them too much and the position ends up looking really strange.

My elbows never really hurt, unless I try to do "tricks" with them and press too hard into their hyperextension.

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 05:06 PM

A friend of mine has hyperextended elbows that kind of tend to look pregnant sometimes :grinning: Is there anything you can do to correct elbows permanently?

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 06:07 PM

Yes, learn once and for all how to use them so that they don't look pregnant! :speechless:
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