How to get higher leaps in dance

5 Tips that Will Guarantee You Increase the Height of Your Jumps

Many athletes use jumps and leaps in their athletic performances, but dancers are among the various athletes that make it look graceful. Grace is earned in the early practices of the morning, until the late hours of the afternoon. Dancers are constantly striving to achieve the “look” of effortlessness, however, it can only be taught through countless hours of practice.

Here are some pointers for increasing the height of your jumps and leaps.

  1. Videotape Yourself
  2. Use Imagery
  3. Whole Body Experience
  4. Back To The Barre
  5. Stretch & Strengthen

Okay let's unpack each one of these five tips.

Videotape Yourself

In today’s technological age, dancers can benefit greatly from things such as slow-motion video. Before you start working on increasing the height of your jumps, take time to videotape yourself. When going over the video, focus on your take off, and the position of your torso. Once reviewing the video, determine the part of the leap you would like to focus your energy on.

Use Imagery

While it may seem odd, positive imagery and positive self-talk do wonders for performance. Find a relaxing place, and close your eyes. Invision yourself leaping through the air. Concentrate on your take-off, arm and leg position, and even the landing.

Whole Body Experience

It is important to recognize that jumps, and leaps require more than just leg strength. While leaping, focus on where your eye-contact is. Instead of looking straight-forward, slightly angle your head and focus upward. Also, be conscious of your arm position.

Ask yourself this:

  • Are your arms straight?
  • Are your shoulders relaxed and pulled down?
  • Is your torso upright?
  • Are your toes pointed?

Back To The Barre

Your posture and plié are two key concepts to consider while increasing the height of your jumps. This can best be accomplished inside the walls of a ballet class. By correcting your posture (lifting)  and deepening your plié, your jumps will increase in height due to potential energy.  

Insider tip: When working on petit allegro jumps, use the barre to support your weight. This will provide more air time to focus on mastering the footwork.

Stretch & Strengthen

Stretching and strengthening are required for beautiful leaps. Working on your splits, practicing dynamic stretching, and doing static stretching, will all help in benefiting your flexibility.

To increase strength: Add repetitions of tuck jumps, high skips, and high knees into your morning warm ups. Also, consider incorporating plyometrics into your workouts.

Top 5 Exercises Dancers Need for Full Split Leaps


Miss Katie Peyton Groven

Oct 5, 2020


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Raise your hand if you’re desperate for a full split leap (or even over split) in the air?

I'm hoping your hand shot right up! 

It's googled over and over again and there are whole Youtube channels dedicated to getting dancers in a full split when they take off from the floor.  

If you feel like you have great technique, that's incredible, but do you have the strength and flexibility to hang in the air long enough to hit the full split?

Here are the top 5 exercises dancers need for full split leaps:

  1. Low Back Twist
  2. Wall Sit Jumps
  3. Turn out Drill
  4. Narrow Squat Pulse
  5. Split Lunge Jump

Let break each ones down and illustrate.

Low Back Twist

Low Back Twist

Warming up your low back is essential for hamstring flexibility

  • Sit with your legs extended forward. 
  • Cross your right foot over your left thigh.
  • Extend your left arm on the outside of the right knee.
  • Inhale.
  • When you exhale, twist your torso to the right and place your right hand next to your right hip to hold the stretch.
  • Allow your head to follow your body to the right.
  • Repetitions: Hold for 30 – 60 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Wall Sit Jumps

Wall Sit Jumps

Strengthen your ankles and entire leg while training explosive power.

• With your low back pushed up against the wall and knees at a 90 degree angle, push off of the wall to jump as high as you can.

• Rolling through the feet on the way up and down.

  • Repetitions and Modifications: Return to the wall and repeat 8-10 reps.

Turn out Drill

Hips can't open to a full split without turnout!

• On your back with your feet together and legs extended straight from your hips at a 90 degree angle, turn your feet out to first position, and return parallel.

  • Repetitions and Modifications:Repeat 15-20 reps
Narrow Squat Pulse

Narrow Squat Pulse

Strengthens the quads for long lines and power

  • Starting with your feet together, rise into relevé and forced arch.
  • Squeeze your knees together and keep the heels high.
  •  Repetitions and Modifications:Slowly pulse with control for 10-12 reps.
Split Lunge Jump

Split Lunge Jump

Strengthens the glutes, ankles, core and entire leg

  • Begin in a lunge position
  • Bend both knees and jump off the floor
  • Switch feet while in the air
  • Land in a lunge position on the other foot
  • Repetitions and Modifications: Repeat 10 – 12 times 
  • [+] Hold a weight and increase jump height
  • [-] Leave feet on the floor and do stationary lunge

If you have time to do this workout before class, do each exercise once. If you have time to do this workout on your own time you can repeat up to three times!



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Dance School - Balance Club

25 August 2016

The most significant aspects of any dance direction, of course, are all sorts of jumps and hops. Jumps , as a kind of dance movements, are the most spectacular - they give the dance high dynamics, giving the audience a feeling of lightness and airiness. Some dancers are truly born jumpers, others go to great lengths to develop the ability to jump high and, most importantly, easily. Be that as it may, every dancer who counts on the title of a professional must constantly improve the technique of his jumps, replenishing it with new, more complex elements.

In any dance style, be it Classical or Jazz Modern, Break Dance or Hip Hop, there is a wide variety of jumps and jumps that are the most difficult part of any dance technique. And, despite the fact that the jumps of different dance styles are not always similar to each other, basic exercises and techniques for preparing for them can be used in any style. There are several tricks that will help you improve your jumps. First of all, it is necessary to develop the power of the push, which will allow you to make a high jump, sufficient to perform the desired figure in flight and fix it for as long as possible. In this article, the Balance Club Dance School provides some recommendations. By following them, you can develop your ability easily, dynamically and jump high .

Raise your weight! The best dancers in the world use various exercises in their training to lift their bodies up. Raises on toes with extended knees, lunges on one leg, and all sorts of squats are the best exercises that any dancer can do to improve their jumps. Find time in your classes for these exercises and soon you will begin to literally soar in the air like never before!

Work on your stretch! Stretch your calf muscles, hamstrings, and quads after each session: a dancer with flexible legs will be able to jump higher. If you are doing splits, try putting something under your front leg (like a rolled up mat). This is a good and safe way to improve your longitudinal split, which will add ease during the performance of jumps with open legs in flight.

Soften your landing! When learning to dance from scratch, before moving on to learning the jumps themselves, they learn the rules of landing. This is done because most of the injuries when performing jumps are due to improper landing. And an injury, as you know, can ruin not only the career of a professional dancer, but also bring a lot of trouble to a simple amateur. Even after a small jump, land only on tense legs, softening the landing with a springy plié. A dancer who regularly develops a deep plie performs more airy and graceful jumps, and is less likely to be injured when landing. Plie is an extremely important exercise for the dancer's health! Infrequent use of plie in your training can lead to underdevelopment of the tissues of the tendons of the ankle joints, hamstrings and weakness of the foot.

Stretch up! When performing in the jump and landing, keep your head high and your back extended - this will lighten your weight. Many dancers get distracted trying to see themselves in the mirror instead of stretching out and enjoying the feeling of flying.

Use vitamins! The bones, muscles and tendons of a dancer need a sufficient amount of vitamins and trace elements. And therefore it is better to optimally enrich your diet with essential vitamins.

But the most useful advice that can be given to those who want to learn how to jump is that you must constantly believe in yourself, believe that you can fly! If the dancer keeps in his mind the feeling of flying high and the belief that he can soar easily and high, he will most likely be able to make a higher jump. This belief must begin long before the actual jump, persist throughout the flight, and not disappear after landing. The dancer who believes in jumping literally gains wings!!!

We are waiting for you at our lessons and happy flights!!!

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Jumping exercises

Style: Hip-hop / Hip-Hop Hip-hop for children / Children's Hip-Hop Ballet

Jumping is an invariable attribute of any dance style and direction. Jumping movements give the dance entertainment and dynamism. The audience has a feeling of ease of performance and airiness of the dance. Many professional dancers and dancers were "jumpers from birth", that is, they easily jumped. But still, the majority, in order to learn easy and high jumps, spend titanic efforts and years of training. However, both of them need to constantly improve their technique for performing jump elements by regularly training.

Getting Started

Jump elements can vary greatly in different dance styles. For example, in modern styles (hip hop, break dance, etc.), the jumping technique differs significantly from classical styles (ballet, tango, etc.). However, there are basic exercises and techniques that will allow you to develop the height and ease of the jump. It is this technique that will be discussed further.

The main thing to focus on in the beginning is the power of the push. It is she who will allow you to make a high jump, as well as perform the necessary figure in flight. To improve it, we can give several recommendations:

  1. Lifting your weight. In their training, the most famous professional athletes use all kinds of exercises to lift their weight. These are rises on toes, with outstretched knees, lunges and squats on one or both legs, etc. By doing these exercises regularly, you will soon develop the necessary pushing power and be able to literally soar in the air.
  2. Stretch. For lightness and high sharpness of the jump, strong and elastic ligaments and tendons are needed. For this, an excellent stretch is a prerequisite. Constantly improve your stretch performance.
  3. Correct landing. Dancers get the most injuries when they land. And any injury can permanently unsettle the dancer. That is why when performing jumps, you should land only on tense legs, softening the landing with a springy plie. The deep plie is a fundamental exercise that all professional dancers perform. It promotes the development of tendon and ligament tissues in the ankle joints, strengthens the muscles of the foot, lower leg and thigh.
  4. Reach up. Watch ballet. All dancers, when jumping and landing, do not stoop, do not raise their shoulders, do not pinch. On the contrary - the back is extended, the head is held high. This will greatly lighten your weight.

In addition to the above recommendations, you should also pay attention to your diet. Vitamins and trace elements must be present in your food.

Believe in yourself

However, really spectacular jumps require more than just great strength and speed. One of the main requirements is faith in one's own strength. Believe in your high jump and then you will be able to fly.

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