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High Kicks- Standing leg (Cross Posted)
By balletgirl125member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Apr 23, 2010 03:13 PM
Edited by balletgirl125 (217338) on 2010-04-23 15:16:08 clarify title

How do you not bend your standing leg during high kicks? You're jumping onto it so how is it even possible to not plie?

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re: High Kicks- Standing leg (Cross Posted)
By vnhsdance
On Fri Apr 23, 2010 04:24 PM
First off, you don't have to JUMP onto the standing leg. Like many jazz classes, grand battements can come from a lunge position, swinging the working leg through as the standing leg straightens.

If you are indeed jumping, then yes, you will need to plie a bit as a transition. But the standing leg can still be fully extended at the peak of the kick.

Also, it is possible to keep the standing leg straight if all the work is in the eleve, rising and lowering. Even then, a small plie would be helpful, but not necessarily required, if done carefully.
re: High Kicks- Standing leg (Cross Posted)
By balletgirl125member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Apr 23, 2010 05:24 PM
But specifically for high kicks (drill team kickline style) where you jump into them. Can you explain your last sentance? I don't quite understand.
re: High Kicks- Standing leg (Cross Posted) (karma: 1)
By panicmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:29 AM
Those are called jump-kicks. And of course your knee must bend slightly because you're landing on it. If you kick without jumping, then there's no plie.

But the standing leg can still be fully extended at the peak of the kick.
This doesn't make sense. Not true. The height of the kick should coencide with the landing. Which means your knee is bent when your working leg is highest.

Watch for the jump-kicks, and you'll see that the supporting leg is bent slightly.
re: High Kicks- Standing leg (Cross Posted)
By balletgirl125member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:47 AM
That really helps, thank you so much!
re: High Kicks- Standing leg (Cross Posted)
By teagannicole
On Thu Jun 10, 2010 09:24 PM
Panic is completely right. I've been on my drill team for two years now and slightly bending your knee during jump kicks is necessary. You don't want a huge plie or a squat, but a little bend so your knee isn't taking the full force of the jump. It should feel natural. Definitely watch the Rangerettes video for an example of perfect technique. The Rangerettes have the best kicks in the world (literally). Good luck with your kicks! :)

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