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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wednesday Wildness

Wednesday Wildness

I’m back on the subject of jumping again.  Today we’re going to discuss the problem of heavy jumps.  You know, the ones that make dancers look like they are wearing lead leotards.  The ones  that cause a loud thumping sound:  boom, boom,  boom.

To help with this problem, imagine being in a bouncing baby seat or walker – the kind that is attached to a frame and has the baby suspended just above the floor so that his feet barely brush the floor.  The child is supported at the pelvis and the legs and feet have to extend a bit to reach the ground.

The baby walker has a spring to it and that is how a dancer must feel when jumping – springy.  So whenever jumping, imagine being in a bouncy baby walker.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #15k:  
“Imagine being in a bouncy baby walker when jumping.”

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“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
-George S. Patton

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