G is for Grand jeté

| March 24, 2014

Judith Jamison Cry

A grand jeté is a split in the air, a long horizontal jump. The important differentiation is that the front leg goes straight into the air instead of unfolding or a dévelopé and the fullest split must be at the height of the jump with the dancers weight pushed slightly forward so that the dancer has the appearance of gliding.

The link posted here is Judith Jamison dancing Cry. This post is inspired by a friend sending this to me today during work.
Judith Jamison is an international star who o May 4, 1971 first performed her most famous dance, the sixteen minute solo Cry choreographed by Alvin Ailey. The dance was a birthday gift for Ailey’s mother, and later dedicated to “all-black women everywhere, especially our mothers.”.