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BALLROOM DANCE LESSON
AN INTRODUCTION TO LATIN HIP MOTION

Introduction

THE 3 RANGES OF MOTION

First, let us explore all of the ways in which your hips can move. Actually, they can move in just about any direction or combinations of directions, but we will break these directions down into 3 ranges of motion: Forward and back, up and down, left and right.

Now imagine that you are holding a hula hoop around your body. You can move this hula hoop around in each of these 3 ranges of motion by tilting it forward and back, left and right, or by "steering" it in a rotational manner around the body. Your pelvis moves around the spine in a very similar manner.

In this lesson, you will be learning some tricks to help you discover the ranges of motion within your own body. You will learn how to isolate the pelvis so that it moves independently of the rest of the body, using all of these ranges of motion. You will then teach these movements and positions to your body through exercise and repetition.

 

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