ChainÃ© Turn: A turn on the balls of the feet, usually done in a series of half turns. Turns that are linked together; that is chained together. To do this turn correctly, it is especially important to spot the turn correctly. Keep your eyes focused on one spot in the direction you are turning. As […]
Cat Leap: A gymnastics and ballet leap where a gymnast takes off from one foot, raising one knee and then the other in a turned out position and the toes pointed.Â Also called aÂ Pas de Chat.
Body Wave: A wave-like contraction movement of the entire body passing through the hips, shoulders, arms and head.
Backgrab: A term used in gymnastics to describe when a gymnast kicks one leg to the rear while standing, grabs the leg from overhead, and ends up in a needle scale position See: Needle Scale.
Attitude: A pose on one leg with the other extended with the knee slightly bent either to the front, side, or back. A position of the body, similar to the arabesque, where the extended leg is bent at the knee. See Arabesque. Also what some gymnasts and coaches have too much of.
AssemblÃ©: To assemble, a jump from one foot landing on two feet.Â A common ballet and gymnastics movement where the legs are brought together in the air. It begins with a step and ends on both feet. The gymnast lifts one leg up and springs off the otherÂ On landing, both feet have closed together. […]