by sara willcutt
Use your center!
Keep your body stacked, like building blocks. I tell my dancers to push their belly button to their backbone. This braces and straightens the back. Make sure not to tuck under your pelvis, which will take you out of alignment.
Turns go one direction: UP!
Concentrate on pulling up and keeping the body in proper form. Make sure you don’t pull your shoulders up. Keep your neck long and shoulders pushed down in a connection with the center.
Keep your supporting leg tall, push into the floor. In opposition, pull up with the rest of the body. Keep your supporting leg straight, and use your toes for balance.
Keep you arms strong. Close to first position quickly, and hold your arms out. Don’t let your arms collapse into your chest as you turn. Let your back round with your arms, and keep your shoulder blades flat. Visualize holding a beach ball in your arms.
By Beth Blose
Important aspects of most jumps:
2) Pointed toes
3) Correct arm placemat
4) Keep legs straight
5) Push off by using a plie
6) Land with knees bent
7) Chest lifted
Always warm up and stretch out thoroughly before practicing jumps.
Strengthening your core and your legs are important to achieve high jumps and leaps.
Sit-ups, lunges, squat, and wall sits are good uncomplicated strengthening exercises. Don’t forget to work your back to balance out your strong abs.
Doing sit-ups on a stability ball is a great way to challenge your body.
To practice for toe jumps do tuck jumps with the same arm prep you would use for your toe jump.
Do small jumps in first and a small second, you can do these both turned out and parallel. Make sure you work through and use your whole foot to push off the floor. Use your pleae and push off with your feet. When in the air, make sure that legs are extended straight and toes are pointed and engaged.
Prep with strong arms and knees bent. When in the air keep your back lifted and your arms in a T. Don’t reach for your legs. Push our knees straight, and make sure you bend when you land to absorb the shock and avoid injuring yourself. Land with your feet together!
Toe Jump Drills:
Do several toe jumps in a row. If in a team get together in a circle and go around doing toe jumps one after another. You can do standing prep jumps or start in a ball.