A pas de couru is a classical ballet term meaning “running step.” It is a very common preparatory step for many grandé allegro jumps such as a grandé jeté. A dancer doing a pas d’couru will look like they’re kicking their legs infront of themselves with a specific rhythm. For example, a dancer will degage both legs separately in front of them in a quick 1-2 rhythm, then finish with a strong demi-plié before a large grandé battement for a big jump.
Having a good understanding of pas de couru is important for big jumps. That’s because when a pas de couru is done properly, it provides a good rhythm for the quick muscle action needed to jump high. Good timing allows your legs to become engaged and ready, acting like a spring board for your big jumps.