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BALLROOM DANCE LESSON
AN INTRODUCTION TO LATIN HIP MOTION

Exercise #2

HIP MOTION IN PLACE - SECOND POSITION

Stand in second position with feet apart at slightly less than shoulder distance. Toes are 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.

Note: The woman above appears to swivel her feet slightly. This is actually poor technique, and should be avoided. 

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Because the feet are apart, the body may have a tendency to shift from one foot to the other. Try to avoid this by keeping the weight split directly between them throughout. Do not favor the bent knee.

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER

Keep the following things in mind as you practice the exercise:

  • Both feet are turned out equally

  • Don't shift weight from foot to foot; Keep weight split between

  • Bent knee bends across

  • Straight knee and hip push backwards

  • Shoulder line stays straight; Don't lean or sway

  • Keep feet flat on floor (for now)

 

TO THE MUSIC...

Use the same rhythmic exercises as in first position.

 

OTHER FOOT POSITIONS

Other foot positions may also be practiced, such as fourth or fifth position. All of them are useful, but first and second position are by far the most important. They will give you the tools you need to start dancing with Latin hip motion.

 

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