What Is Parkour, and Why Are the 'Dancing With the Stars' Pros Doing It?

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Nine remaining couples hit the dance floor and faced an exciting new challenge on "Dancing With the Stars."

"Dancing With the Stars" may be on summer break, but that doesn't mean the show's professional dancers are taking a break from moving their bodies.

Old Navy recently posted video of Cheryl Burke and Maksim Chmerkovskiy trying to master (or at least figure out!) the sport of parkour with professional parkour and free-running athlete Jesse La Flair in a promo for the company's Active workout gear line.

If you're not familiar with parkour, Webster's describes it as "the sport of traversing environmental obstacles by running, climbing, or leaping rapidly and efficiently." In the case of the "DWTS" pros, that meant flipping over monkey bars and other hurdles, then ending things with a little dance.

But parkour didn't come as naturally as, say, a samba for the "DWTS" alums. Maks said, "It was very clear that [La Flair] can do it and we can't." And at one point the duo even told the parkour pro, "See ya later!"

Aw c'mon, it can't be that hard!

See Maks and Cheryl attempt parkour:

Of course, some celebs seem to love the art form.

In 2010, actor Jake Gyllenhaal described parkour this way: "It's like Cirque de Soleil on the streets." On learning parkour for his role in the flick "The Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time," Gyllenhaal told People, "We worked really closely with David Belle, who invented parkour. I worked with a lot of gymnasts. I started jumping off of a lot of things that were padded and learned the fundamental stuff, and then slowly started working on harder surfaces, really carefully. … But then I'd get it, and we'd go a little further, and a little longer, and a little higher, and just kept it up. It got a little bit dicey there near the end, when they saw that I liked doing things that were dangerous. I tried my hand at things that were pushing it a little bit. There was this big 35-foot jump that I did that got a little hairy."

Actress and "Hunger Games" stuntwoman Tara Macken told Shape that she's hungry for parkour: "I've always been an athlete. I started with gymnastics, and then I got into dance (ballet, jazz, modern), and rock climbing. When I discovered martial arts, I realized the beauty in it, and how similar it was to dance and gymnastics, so I got into that, too! With my combat training, I've fallen in love with boxing, tae kwon do, tricking, and parkour." In 2012, Macken even appeared in a parkour-heavy Nike commercial.

Check it out:

Even hip-hop artist Chris Brown has taken on the sport. He told MTV that he used elements of parkour during his getaway scene in the movie "Takers." "It was funny because in the beginning, a couple of weeks prior to me being on-set and filming the movie, I was already training with my friends, doing parkour and some martial-arts stuff," Brown said. "We call it 'trickin'.' We use different acrobatics, flips, and stuff. I always incorporate that in my dancing, too. Being able to apply that to the movie was a step up on my entertainment value. It was great."

Funny or Die has even posted a spoof parkour video titled "Sarah Jessica Parkour," which has a deranged Carrie Bradshaw clone scaling NYC buildings in her iconic tutu. If that doesn't get you to flip, nothing will.

Watch it now:

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