It’s time to jump… for both me and my students. However, on any given day, there are good reasons for not risking those steps in the air (i.e. age, injury, intimidation, confusion about the jump sequence). That doesn’t mean one abandons the attempt. There are very studied and effective ways to take the jump out of the jump, and still get the most out of the choreography.It’s called “marking”.
This season my students are going to learn how to fully mark steps. Then we’ll have no excuse for giving up, and fading into the back of the studio due to fear or fatigue. Our contemporary culture praises extreme, exhaustive effort. We confuse 100% physical effort with 100% commitment. Wrong.
Mastery comes from coordinating degrees of effort.
How do you know how much, and when, to push yourself?
This season we’ll learn how to properly mark the jumps in order to master six elements of their execution:
- Landings (safe and with clean and clear positions)
- Rhythm (the body mechanics do not match the downbeat of the music)
- Horizontal lift versus traveling distance (for every step)
- Arms (their position and pathway)
- Face (there’s more to it than simply watching oneself in the mirror)
- Accent (for every step) and the dramatic Arch (of the musical or movement phrase)
How’s that for an autumn harvest?