BALLROOM DANCE LESSON
HIP MOTION IN PLACE - FIRST POSITION
Turn on some Latin music with a good beat and stand in first position with heels together and toes turned out. To the beat of the music, you will begin to bend each knee, one at a time. Make sure to fully straighten each knee before bending the next one.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Keep the following things in mind as you practice the exercise:
TO THE MUSIC...
Start very slowly by taking 4 beats of music to bend the right knee, and then 4 more beats to straighten it again. Then 4 more beats to bend the left, and 4 more beats to straighten. Do eight slow repetitions for each leg, totaling 32 measures of music.
Now double the speed of your hip changes. Take 2 beats to bend, and 2 beats to straighten. Do sixteen repetitions, totaling 32 measures of music.
Keep doubling the speed every 16 measures or so, until you are taking only one beat per knee. At that point you can stop and rest, return to the slow hip changes again, or try out some of the following rhythmic variations:
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