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Pump Up Your Jumps

Exercise 1: Tuck Jump
Exercise 1: Tuck Jump
Exercise 1: Tuck Jump
Exercise 1: Tuck Jump
Exercise 2: Bounding For Distance
Exercise 2: Bounding For Distance
Exercise 2: Bounding For Distance
Exercise 3: Parallel Sissone
Exercise 3: Parallel Sissone
Exercise 3: Parallel Sissone

Exercise 1: Tuck Jump

Step 1/4

Start in a parallel relevé with your feet together. Lift your arms straight overhead, palms facing in.

Exercise 1: Tuck Jump

Step 2/4

Bend your arms, pulling them toward your chest, as you lower your heels and plié into a squat, keeping your knees over your ankles.

Exercise 1: Tuck Jump

Step 3/4

Immediately spring off the floor, pulling your knees to your chest.

Exercise 1: Tuck Jump

Step 4/4

Land in plié, then immediately straighten up and return to the starting position. Repeat the jumps for 20 seconds.

Exercise 2: Bounding For Distance

Step 1/3

Start at one end of the studio. Swing your right leg out in front of you as you bring your left arm forward and your right arm behind you.

Exercise 2: Bounding For Distance

Step 2/3

Bend your right knee and bring it to hip height, then take a giant leap off your left leg. Bend the left knee as your left leg rises behind you. Land on your right leg.

Exercise 2: Bounding For Distance

Step 3/3

Continue leaping and alternating legs as you run across the floor. Try to cover as much space with as few jumps as possible. Pump your arms like a runner throughout. Repeat six times back and forth across the floor.

Exercise 3: Parallel Sissone

Step 1/3

Stand with your feet together in parallel, holding your arms in first position. Plié.

Exercise 3: Parallel Sissone

Step 2/3

Push off the ground with both feet, kicking your right leg out to the side to propel your body to the left. Straighten both legs and point your toes.

Exercise 3: Parallel Sissone

Step 3/3

Quickly bring your legs back together and land in plié with feet together in parallel. Do five sissones to the left, then five to the right.

About Colleen Bohen

I’m proud of my “comp kid” past! Dance meant everything to me when I was a kid, and I spent my happiest hours studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop for 15 years at my local Long Island studio, L.A. Dance Studio, and competing with its company. I majored in journalism at Hofstra University, and save for an early stint with the student-run organization Danceworks, my dance career wound down just as my journalism career ramped up. Most of my attention was soon diverted to my work with the school’s newspaper, student magazine and an internship in NYC. After college, I spent a few years as a business journalist covering the toy and consumer electronics industries and now I’m ecstatic that I’ve found a way back to my first love—dance!
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