FAD Blog: Technique for Perfect Split Leaps!

Wed, 29 Jun 2016

Hi Everyone!

This week’s blog will be focusing on the correct technique for our split leaps. Executing the perfect split leap can be rather difficult, as there are quite a few points to remember when trying your leaps.

  • Posture is everything! As soon as you let your posture go, you wont be able to execute your leap properly.
  • Make sure that you keep your head up with your chin parallel to the ground the whole time.
  • Your back should be straight with your shoulders down, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the back, and your stomach held in nice and tight.
  • When using a gallop for a preparation, concentrate on what your feet and legs are doing – you should be pushing through the floor, pointing your toes right from the first step.
  • Make sure you use a full plié, or bend of the knees, before the take off of your leap.
  • When executing the leap itself, your first foot should be swishing through the floor, as your second leg drives the momentum upwards. Your second leg should then straighten and try to lift up at the back, so that your leg doesn’t drag behind. Be sure not to bend your back leg!
  • When landing make sure that you land toe first, than heel and that you are absorbing through your knees.

One of the things students struggle with is the swishing motion their feet should have from the floor. Some people will have a tendency to flick their legs out to the split position, but this is not quite the correct technique, below is a drill which you can watch to help get used to the swishing motion.

In this drill you’ll notice that our dancer has correct posture, which is outlined above.  Standing with her feet turned out, heels together, she swishes her front leg off the floor, ensuring that her leg is straight the whole time, and focusing on her toes being the last thing to leave the floor and the first thing back to the floor again. From there, the back leg gets lifted, swishing through the floor also. Make sure you try the drill on both sides, as you should be working on both your right and left leg split leaps.

Below is a video showing a full split leap, with the correct technique outlined above.

Now that we’ve gone through some of the important leap technique, try and apply this every time you work on your split leaps and I can guarantee you’ll notice and improvement in no time!

Remember, if you have any questions, or you would like a specific topic covered in the FAD Blog, be sure to email me at blake@fitnessanddance.com.au

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Tags: Technique, Jazz, Dance, Split Leaps

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