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Friday, December 20, 2019

Fun Friday Hops

Fun Friday Hops

Is there anything more fun than hopping on pointe? Well, fun for the audience, perhaps.

Hops on pointe are interesting. The cushioning effect of a plié in the knees that is normal for other jumps is still present, but there is also a relaxation in the ankle – essentially an ankle plié. This is often a problem for dancers who are learning to hop on pointe, since relaxing the ankle tends to pull them backwards and off relevé.

What has to happen to make the hops possible is sometimes called “cupping the foot”. It is a position where the usual full stretch in the foot and ankle is changed to a lesser curve - a different position thta is unique to hops on pointe. It is easier to see than describe. See the Link of the Day below at 1:20.

Have fun hopping!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #24h:
“For hops on pointe ‘cup’ the foot.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Sometimes the dustiest cover hides the best book. Sometimes the best cup is chipped.”
― Once upon a time Belle

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