lampwick Posted November 16, 2004 Report Share Posted November 16, 2004 I know this question has been asked a gazillion times, and I've read the answers, but I still feel like I need some clarification (and I know you can't see me...I'll do my best to describe the problem) My knees are hyperextended. Not a huge amount...about what one would want for ballet. I like the way my legs look, but after watching myself doing quick releves on a videotape, I can clearly see that my knee is bent, though I can't feel the difference between perfectly straight and bent. This goes for static positions as well--especially attitude derriere. I know this is a common problem with this type of leg. I don't know what "locking" back into the hyperextension means. Nothing feels "locked" when I hyperextend the knee. It just feels straight. Does locking back just mean that the kneecap isn't pulled up? If I stand on a leg that's hyperextended, pulling up my kneecap, I can feel the difference between bent and straight. Trying to bend it slightly to keep my leg perfectly straight, I just can't feel the difference between straight and a little bent, no matter how long I stare at it, trying to aquire the right feeling. Lately, three different teachers have tried to get me to staighten my knees. Two say "straighten your knee...it is bent" One advises to use the hyperextension. I've been looking at pictures and watching professionals who have hyperextended knees. I have to say, most of them stand on a hyperextended knee. I can see the backwards curve, and I think it looks good. Have I been too scared about standing on a hyperextended knee? As long as I pull up the kneecap and my placement over the supporting hip is good, is it safe to allow for some degree of hyperextension? To my eye, it looks like that's what a lot of dancers do. I was watching myself today, and I think it looks a lot better when I do hyperextend a bit. *added note--the past few days I've been experimenting with standing on my leg and allowing it to "straighten" ALL the way (slightly hyperextended) and I noticed that my hips, which are normally a bit stiff and sore following class, feel GREAT. Quote Link to comment
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