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Guest pinkroses

I don't know if this is a valid question or if its in the right board or what. But I have a few questions about developes that aren't answered in other forums.

 

1) My extension is okay, around 120 degrees a la seconde. The problem is, I have really bad hyperextension and insteps so the develope always looks really weird and the line unfinished. :angry: This also happens for developes to the front as well :wink: , although all of these annoying characteristics are usually hidden in arabesques. :wacko: Can someone help me make the extension that I have worked hard on look right? :shrug:

 

2) Just a trivial question: would someone with amazing hyperextension have a harder time getting a high develope than someone with really bad hyperextension (like me?). Theoretically, if you can hold your upper leg really high with your leg completely bent more easily than you can fully extend it, wouldn't this be true for someone who has farther to go to make their leg straight? :huh: Just wondering...

 

Any comments are welcome! :thumbsup:

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No, I'm afraid it doesn't generally work that way, theoretically. People with hyperextension also often have a lot of flexibility, and therefore the legs go higher. They also create a better line, especially if there is also a good foot and adequate rotation. Line is created by a combination of placement, rotation, extension, and the shape of the foot, along with the correct usage of the upper body, arms and head. Getting a leg up high is not line, and line is what makes extension look good.

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So basically the only thing I can do is work on hyperextension and my arches? How else can I improve my line, because even when I am perfectly placed, something still looks wrong...

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One cannot create hyperextension, pinkroses. One either has it or they don't. It's a bone structure thing.

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There is always something one can do to improve. How much improvement is hard to predict, but certainly you can work on your legs to straighten them, work on your feet, work on your rotation, and learn to create the best line that your body will allow. :wink:

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