DANCE LESSON OF THE MONTH - TURNING ACTIONS
The Twisting Action
To familiarize yourself with the Twisting action, step forward with your left foot making sure that the weight is fully committed to the foot. Twist your feet on the floor 1/2 turn to the right, leaving the right foot pointing in place. Then step forward with your right foot, and turn to the left in the same way.
Where's the Axis?
1. The shoulder
The axis of rotation is determined by these 3 points, which should all be in perfect vertical alignment, one on top of the other. If you fall off balance during the turn, you do so because you have misaligned one of these three points, which either distorts the axis, or moves the weight off of the standing foot.
Turn the feet 180º in the direction opposite the forward foot. If you step forward on your right foot, the turn is to the left. Conversely, if you step forward on your left foot, the turn is to the right. Maintain the turnout of your legs and feet throughout the turn!
The muscles that generate the movement should be primarily in the ankles and feet. However, other muscles are also active: The inner thighs, stomach and lower back muscles, which work in opposition to the turn to help stop it. This turn should be so fast that the muscles which stop the turn activate in almost the same instant as the muscles that commence it.
Note also that the upper body need not rotate as much as the hips and feet. In fact, limiting the rotation of the upper body creates a look of speed to the turn, as well as helping stop it faster through the opposition of muscles.
By the end of the turn, what began as a forward step has now become a backward step. Therefore, your free foot should end pointing forward. Make sure to keep your center picked up underneath you ribs; Do not slouch or lean. If you are using latin motion, do not relax or settle the hip until after the turn is complete and balance has been established with the center picked up.
Variations of the Twisting Action
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