Other Locomotion (Updated: 11/11/17)

Figure 11.1, Body Half

Body Half

This type of locomotion utilizes rotation from one leg followed by another in order to get from one place to another. This movement is what happens when your side extremities move together (same arm, same leg). Vertical halves of the body alternative locomoting forward.

Single Unit

This type of movement involves utilizing the weight of the whole body to throw you off balance, which will force the body to catch up. To be more precise with a single unit, you can try not separating the foot stops but instead having a double-footed skip (this is only shown once in the following video).


This is the type of locomotion used by frogs and rabbits. At least two legs are to leave the floor for this.


Shuffling the feet flat is one way to get from point A to B. Try variations, simultaneous internal rotations and external rotations and parallel rotations (one foot rotating internally as the other rotates externally). Also don’t forget to shuffle while changing levels (high, medium, low).


Whole body rolling can be executed both on a wall or floor/ground.

Rolling Rock

Feel and push every millimeter of connection between the body and the hard surface when rolling. Experiment with many varying surfaces of the body. If within a group, begin with the performance stage position Rock Garden (see section by same title).

Perpetual Floating Limbs

The torso will be the only point of contact with the hard surface while executing this roll. You can take on various qualias of the limbs such as water, air, sway, or baby.


This is 4-legged movement. Not for all animals, but for many, the movement dynamic is very similar to that of the human walk (for more information see section Walk).

Figure 11.2, Sidewinding Rattlesnake

Exercise 1: Ball Tumbling

Tumble a ball with the nose across the space.

Exercise 2: String/Rope/Tape Army Crawl

Set up ropes or strings at a low level and crawl under them. Taking the activity to a set of stairs is also recommended.


This is the type of locomotion of caenophidian snakes. See Figure 11.2 and video below.