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Firebird Leap

The Firebird Leap is a dance leap or dance jump movement performed by dancers. With a little more spring than a regular jump, the dancer executes the Firebird Leap with lightness and quickness. It is classified by the dancer’s ability to bend the back leg at a 90 degree angle while keeping the front leg straight and can be done straight or turning. To be done properly and safely, dancers must be flexible and have exceptional range of motion, which is especially important when considering the arching of the back that is required for this movement to be remotely successful. With that in mind, we have provided a video below to demonstrate how to perform a Firebird Leap and how dance training with the Myosource Kinetic Bands can help striving dancers perfect this leaping move more quickly while also minimizing the risk of injuries.

How to Perform a Firebird Dance Leap

After pushing off the ground with both feet from a little 1/5th, the dancer will perform the following body movements simultaneously to achieve a Firebird Leap with proper form:

  • Extend the back leg straight into an attitude
  • Extend the front leg straight out in front of the body
  • Point toes
  • Lift chest and look up with head held high
  • Arch back to diminish the distance between the hind leg and the head
  • Place arms in high 1/5th

Goal: Dancer’s should work towards touching the foot of back leg to the head

How to Improve Your Firebird Leap

Dancers can quickly maximize the benefits of their dance workouts by adding the Myosource Kinetic Bands to their normal dance routine. Proper training with the resistance bands will help dancers improve their Firebird Leap, as well as many other jumps and leaps.

Warming up with the resistance bands will help stretch the muscles in the dancer's back and legs. Dancers need to make sure that they are arching their back while pushing the hips forward for proper technique. Dancers will complete the warm-up by repeating the movements without wearing the kinetic bands. The dancer’s legs will feel lighter and more flexible at this point in the warm-up.

After warming-up, the dancer will first perform the leap with the resistance bands on. The Myosource Kinetic Bands aid the dancer by building strength in the legs, hips, and core, while also improving overall stability to help with technique from the moment the dancer leaves the floor to the landing of the leap. Dancers will then complete an un-resisted set immediately after performing the resisted set and will immediately feel the difference in their legs and hips.

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