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Home Paneurhythmy 12.Jumping

Jumping, Stefanie VanhulleJumping, Marieta Stoycheva



Upward rise with all your might.
Be as singing birds in flight,
Heaven pours abundant light
On the souls that reach the height.
Keep the mountain top in sight.


In this exercise we bow to a high ideal, to all the greatest in the world, and then jump up to strive high. We admire and respect ideals and also strive up to reach them. That brings joy expressed in the gesture of clapping hands. The person from ex.11 who can think, feel and act well can also jump high to reach beyond his/her reach, to develop full potential. Bowing to face the ground and then jumping up as high as one can are specific movements only for this exercise. Some examples for nature, person and relationships:
  • for the trees the Sun (light) is their ideal, so they strive as high as they can;
  • for the animals best living conditions are their ideal: water, light, food, warmth; 
  • for a child his parents are his ideal; 
  • at school the favourite teacher is an  ideal for the pupil;
  • in a love relationship the beloved is an ideal;
  • in sport the highest achievments and the best sportsmen are ideals;
  • pop stars and actors are ideals for beauty and specific skills;
  • for a reasonable person love, wisdom, truth are highest ideals.
.Jumping represents the triumph of Love and Wisdom as they have been applied in life. First we all bow before the Great, the Eternal, the Divine Principle that is working in the world. The jump that follows is our offering and expression of joy to the Creator. [Beinsa Douno, Paneurhythmy, p.78]

Jumping, Dancho PandulchevJumping, Stefka Nikolova (follow-up activities)



1. Text: Write in your own beautiful wordsa poem using “upwards rise”, “reach the height”, “the top in sight”, “be in flight”.

2. Drawing: Draw a picture of a person striving upwards. Draw one of your ideals. Draw an illustration to the exercise.

3. Questions: What ideals do you have? What/who can be an ideal? How high can one jump?

4. Experience: Tell us of situations and experiences when you have found some ideal/something great/for some ideal. What was the feeling?

5. Imagination: Imagine, while you exercise, that you jump as high as to reach the ceiling of the room/ the clouds/ the sky/ the stars.

6. Affirmation: Write your own positive affirmation for Jumping. For example: I bow to the greatness of nature.

7. Quotes: Mother Teresa “We can do no great things, only small things with great love”. Find your own favourite quote on Jumping (ideals and greatness).


Measure: 3/4
Tonality: C major
Total: 15 measures
1 movement has different duration: 2, 3 or 4 beats


1 cycle: 3 movements
total: 5 cycles
ex.12 Jumping: movement






The partners face the centre of the circle, one behind the other.

Arms are extended vertically upwards, parallel, palms forwards, fingers together, wrists and elbows stretched.

Feet are together in standing position.



Bending from the waist forwards to a horizontal position.

Arms move parallel forwards and downwards simultaneously with the body; after the body reaches horizontal position they continue to move to a position horizontal to the back, close to the body. In the final position the head, the body and the arms make one horizontal line, the eyes look at the ground.

Both legs remain in the standing position.

4 beats


Standing up and jumping.

Both arms move forwards and upwards and clap shortly above the head during the jump.

Text: Clapping is done on the semiquaver note and on the syllables “your”, “in”, “dant” “the” “in”.

Knees bend slightly and legs jump up in place.

2 beats


Returns to starting position.

Both hands part after the clapping and return to SP.

Feet land on the ground and return to SP.

3 beats


Arms are extended vertically upwards, parallel and stretched, palms forwards.

Feet together in standing position.



After the exercise is over the palms turn outwards and the arms are brought down smoothly to the sides of the body. Afterwards the partners turn to the right, in the direction of the movement along the circle.