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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wild Wednesday Jump

Wild Wednesday Jump

Students often ask me questions regarding the best ways to improve their technique. One frequent question is “How can I improve my jumps?”. There are many possible answers, depending on the individual pupil. But a general way to improve elevation is simple: notice the best “jumper” in class, and dance behind this person, matching their rhythm and height.

This is often the best way for a student to get the sensation of jumping well. The body learns a great deal by imitation (although this shouldn’t be the only way), and by attempting to match the height and cadence of an excellent jumper, the student will understand – and more importantly – feel what they need to do.

It is all about feeling.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #22t:
“Jump behind the best jumper in class.”

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