To say grand allegro was challenging for me would be an enormous understatement. I felt stuck in the ground. . . and I looked stuck. I did eventually work it out, though. Forcing myself to take men’s class played a role in that. While it was a wee bit on the humiliating side, it was also productive. You can’t help but push yourself to the absolute limits when all the astonishing male dancers are flying past you in the air. I felt so tiny, but somehow so empowered. I offer 3 tips I have picked up along the way that made no small impact on my large jumping skills.