Contortion poses

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Find your next favourite contortion pose or trick

Contortion is built up of many different tricks, skills and postures. These are combined to create acts and routines. There are a huge verity of skills within Contortion that you can learn. These range from core, foundation skills all the way through to performer-unique poses. It’s important you understand your current ability level so you can work on appropriate skills for yourself. Our current selection of poses is broken down into the categories of foundation, intermediate, advanced, highly advanced and performer-unique.

While a contortion performance will be made up of a whole spectrum of poses, there are some key pose types that most fall into. The types of contortion poses and tricks can be frontbending, backbending, twists, splits and arm/dislocation poses.

Learning tricks in contortion is also more than just the poses themselves. The transition well as the execution of the trick are just as important as the static pose itself.

A lot of Contortion poses overlap in their requirements which is why starting with the foundations is key. Once you have mastered some core poses you will find that other more intermediate poses become more accessible. The key to learning new poses are progressions. Every pose can be broken down into smaller chunks or a less advanced version. Doing this means you can make small and measured improvements when learning your contortion poses.

Looking to learn a new pose, or just get coaching in general?

If you’re not sure where to begin select one of the filters below to refine the poses that you’re looking at. If you’re new to contortion and flexibility training you might want to check out Getting started with flexibility training