This page was last edited on 8 Januaryat Many factors affect the flexibility of performers including age, genetics, stature, and adherence to rigorous physical training routines. For other uses, see Contortion disambiguation. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Contortionists. Some loose-jointed people are able to pop a joint out of its socket without pain, thereby making it difficult to determine if a joint is dislocated without medical examination such as an X-ray. The Ross Sisters were American contortionists most famous for their musical number in the s movie Broadway Rhythm.
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In the past, contortionists were associated almost exclusively with circuses and fairs, but recently they have also found work performing in nightclubsamusement parksin magazine advertisements, at trade shows, on television variety showsin music videosand as warmup acts or in the background at music concerts. Most contortionists are generally categorized as "frontbenders" or "backbenders", depending on the direction in which their spine is most flexible. An act will showcase one or more artists performing a choreographed set of moves or poses, often to music, which require extreme flexibility. Circus school Sideshow Flea circus. Many factors affect the flexibility of performers including age, genetics, stature, and adherence to rigorous physical training routines. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Views Read Edit View history.