LENGTH: 15 minutes, 54 seconds
PURPOSE OF THIS EXERCISE: This exercise teaches you how to work your foot for optimal strength when you jump
Part One: Instructions from Finis Jhung
Part Two: Technical breakdown of the exercise with Finis and demonstrator Vernard Gilmore
Part Three: Demonstration with music by Vernard with Finis standing by and coaching
Most adult beginners have trouble jumping because they don’t know how to use and work their feet. They tend to overwork their legs and under-use the feet.
This exercise shows you how to use your foot correctly.
You will practice the correct sequence of movement as you roll your foot from flat to half-toe and then push it off the floor quickly to a full point in the air. This rolling, pushing, and pointing action – when done quickly – is what makes you jump.
AUDIENCE: The adult ballet beginner
TRAINING REQUIRED: You are familiar with basic ballet technique and are strong enough to jump.
EQUIPMENT: A barre or two high-backed sturdy chairs, a full-length mirror