Knees in ballet -NEED ADVICE
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Dibee

La Canada Flintridge, CA

#21 Dec 1, 2008
Please don't have people sit on your knees! Warming up and stretching is enough. Yes, you'll get more stretched behind the knees and may look straighter....and then not look as straight after you've cooled off. Just keep up the stretching and relaxing your legs also with a pinky ball every day, to reduce overall muscle tension. There are articles about proper stretching at http://www.th e balletstore.com that will tell you how to do this. Go through the Dancing Smart link, and Deborah Vogel has a DVD on using the pinky ball to reduce tension.

I know it's frustrating, but the risk of injury is present if you have someone sit on your knees. It is not worth it!
rachel

Chambersburg, PA

#22 Aug 29, 2009
hey yeah i know exactly what you mean. but i have like 2 probelms 1. I have lymes desiese and it makes my knees swollen and they look horrible!!! i hate it. and my knees wont straighten it gets soo annoying. I am going to try the pushing on knees thing
Ballet101

Israel

#23 Sep 19, 2009
For any ballet advice or help i think this is the best thing i have found. make sure you technique is correct and you are not causing the injures to yourself
http://www.ballet-tips.com
Mel

Mount Juliet, TN

#24 Jun 28, 2010
Rachael Kvapil wrote:
I have this problem and so does another dancer. We had a ballet teacher come in from California and she told us that we walk incorrectly, stand incorrectly, point incorrectly, etc. We've developed a bunch of bad habits to compensate for the fact we have less than perfect feet. However, if we had worked on all the stuff above and more we would not have had to compensate and thus would not have made the problem worse.
Since working on those issues we have improved the way our knees look and so on by 100%
Rachael
Rachel,
how have you worked on the issues? What exercises do you do to improve all the above?
dance Dr

Woodbury, NY

#25 Sep 17, 2011
I remember dancing when younger and I had the same issue. Now my son takes ballet and he also appears to have hypoextended knees. I believe the issue is related to the structure of our knees. Tibias that are internally rotated and anteverted hips might give the appearance of bent knees. Use caution when attempting to hyperextend your knees, bc that can cause injury. Ballet, more than any other forms of dance, is anatomy dependent. We could all dance ballet, but few have the type of structure and alignment to meet the demands of an elite ballet dancer. It's frustrating, heart breaking, but true. Attempts to compensate for limited anatomical structure will often lead to muscle imbalance or injury. I suggest being evaluated by an orthopedic, physiatrist or sports medicine physician who has training or experience in dance medicine and work with a great physical therapist with the same expertise. Work within the parameters that your anatomy allows in a healthy fashion and try to stretch and strengthen any muscle imbalance you might have the "proper" way. Best of luck!
Anne

Natick, MA

#26 Oct 3, 2011
I grew up with the same problem and found that stretching both the hamstrings and calves helped me tremendously. Also, as said previously, work on articulating you feet through your entire class, not just tendues. If you are already on pointe, put on a pair of dead shoes after class ( so your feet are warm) and gently stretch the top of your foot by pushing over your point. Do not do this with new shoes, you will just kill them. Please be careful too that you do not over-stretch by pushing too hard in one day.

I am now teaching beginning pointe classes at my studio and see this is the most common problem with inexperienced girls, so don't worry you guys aren't the only ones! Just try to remind yourself to stretch all the time and believe me, you will see improvement soon enough!
Ballerino

United States

#27 Jul 15, 2012
I am a ballet dancer, i have never had former trainings but i work on myself with more internet stuff. I do my turnouts with different legs independently but can't combine them, what can I do to improve this? As it seems this will be my major breakthrough to major ballet skills and steps....pls, help.
Dancer

West Orange, NJ

#28 Jul 28, 2013
hey everyone! same prob. it took 2-3 weeks and my knees are still a little awk but there is a significant improvement from doing this exercise-- i got down on my knees and folded a couch pillow in half (a rolled up towel would work as well) then I placed the part right above my big toe on the edge of the folded pillow (or rolled towel). I just sat down on my knees after that. you should feel the top of your foot stretched and taut. I watched tv to distract from the discomfort. this also helps your arch!
ballerina2beeee7 7

Sonoma, CA

#29 Jul 29, 2013
Hi,
my mom's russian teacher Madame something I can't pronounce right, she still liked to be called just Madame, said that for bad knees was a piece of marble under your bed. You would put your feet on this when you woke up and the cold would draw the "blains" out of your feet giving your knees some extra room. She said to make a poll-tiss (?) out of cabbage, bread and flat(?) beer and wrap it around your knee. I don't know how it stayed there. She used to come to stay with some of the students parents in my mom's day. She drank a whole bunch of granpa's brandied kumquats from his tree and so she didn't stay anymore in his house and my mom didnt go take classes from her or anybody and then she met my dad.
Michelle

Winnetka, IL

#30 Mar 23, 2014
Thank god. I'm not alone on this knee problem. I will try stretching the back of my knee too. Good luck to all!
Chris

Irvine, CA

#31 May 11, 2014
kelly wrote:
HEYY GUYS MY NAME IS KELLY N I HAVE DA SAME PROBLEM MY DANCE TEACHER TOLD ME THE ONLY WAY MY LEGS WONT APPEAR BENT IS IF I HAD A GOOD ARCH !!!
False. I have great arches in my feet and my legs still look slightly like they're a bit bent when I extend or point or do anything to straighten my leg.
ballerina for 4 years

Pittsburgh, PA

#32 Jan 8, 2015
IVE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM JUST KEEP STRETCHING THANK GOD IM NOT ALONE thanks for your comment it has helped me a bit
Ballerina

Rio Tinto, Portugal

#33 Jul 2, 2015
Ive got the same problem!! However ive really improved a lot since i started stretching more frequently. I put a small box, a pillow, or a thicker book under my foot and try to reach the knee to the floor (one leg at a time). Hope it helps you too!!:)
Lbc

Seattle, WA

#34 Jan 12, 2016
Dancer wrote:
I have a problem with my knees in ballet, and i was wondering if anyone else has this problem also. My knees never appear straight. That is the honest truth. No matter how hard i try, or how much i or someone else puches them, they literally do not ever appear perfectly straight. This is a problem for moves such as arabesque, develope, grand battement - pretty much all moves where the leg is in the air straight. I was wondering if anyone else has this problem, or anyone anyone else knows has this problem, and how to improve my knees.
My dance teacher says I need to keep my knees straight, in order to get point shoes. Any advice?
ballerina_amanda

Schererville, IN

#35 May 20, 2016
Dancer wrote:
I have a problem with my knees in ballet, and i was wondering if anyone else has this problem also. My knees never appear straight. That is the honest truth. No matter how hard i try, or how much i or someone else puches them, they literally do not ever appear perfectly straight. This is a problem for moves such as arabesque, develope, grand battement - pretty much all moves where the leg is in the air straight. I was wondering if anyone else has this problem, or anyone anyone else knows has this problem, and how to improve my knees.
I think you might find it helpful to strengthen the VMO. it is a muscle near the knee that can help to pull the kneecap up and makes you achieve straighter looking legs.

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