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Pre-pointe Exercise - straight leg jumps

Here is an exercise I use in my classes to help dancers really feel their feet while jumping! This simulates the feeling of doing rapid-fire elevé on pointe. They're small jumps, so there is little concern for knee issues. Try on a yoga mat if you run into problems.


plié on count 8; 7 jumps with straight legs and plié and hold, four times.


Dancers who are struggling to maintain turnout, try it in parallel 6th position instead!


You can use a very fast coda or 2/4 jump for this, but most of the time I find most songs just a tad too slow. I'd recommend just having the dancers work without music for this combo.

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