Remember: The Side Hurdler Jump can be done with either leg as the lead leg. Usually, you will be better on one side than the other and that is ok. However, you should practice with both legs as the lead leg as you never know which leg will come up in a routine. Also, you can add a variety of arm motions to make the jump your own!
The primary difference between a Hurdler Jump and a Herkey Jump is that the Hurdler has the knee positioned facing forward - toward the crowd. The Herkey Jump always has the knee facing down.
Side Hurdler Tips:
- One leg is STRAIGHT out to the side with the knee facing up.
- The bent leg has the knee facing forward.
- Point your toes.
- Keep your head up and back straight.
- Land with your feet together.
- You can do a variety of motions with this jump, however the "T" motion is the most popular.
- Practice this jump on the ground (pictured below).
This is a Left Side Hurdler - the left leg is the lead leg.
This is a Right Side Hurdler as the right leg is the lead leg.