Turns (Updated 11/11/17)

Human turns use an axis and separate the body into two parts at the sagittal plane (left and right side) but is really like an ouroboros snake trying to bite its own tail. The feet can be the axis point of the turn as well as the knees. The axes of a quadrupedal turn will depend on the pivot points between either lower extremity or upper extremities. The pelvis and the thoracic area can be the form of pivot. Accomplished breakdancers use the cranium as a pivot point.

Lines Technique For Maintaining Balance

This is a technique for not losing balance. It’s already helpful for you to know how the body feels in neutral alignment. While spinning, you do not move the head, but everything stays in one position (e.g neutral alignment or another form of freeze or statue). You will now focus the visual channel to a section of the lines that are generated because you are spinning. Focus on the lines and they will keep you from getting dizzy.

Exercise 1: Owning Spins

Turn in place as fast as you can for some time. Then stop. Do not lose your balance. Do not be affected by your vision nor the equilibrium properties of the inner ear.

Exercise 2: Dancing Inside Spins

The trick to this is to keep the head in one solid position so that you can keep with the lines technique (see above). Dance as you would if you were in one place. The only thing that is different is that there is a spin involved. Don’t get overwhelmed. The straight lines before you are meant to keep you grounded. Once you get efficient with this, you can begin moving in space as you spin.

Exercise 3: Reduction & Regeneration by X Spins

While in spin, utilize reduction & regeneration by X.

Exercise 4: Chaos Spins

Like a double pendulum which is not predictable whatsoever, spin from one side to the other (or one side then continuing the same side) in unpredictable manner, e.g. left, left, right, left, right, right, right, left, left, right, left, right, left, left, left, left. Also shift the timing. Once you have these down, travel through space while doing these chaos spins. Also experiment with floor patterns such as the figure eight.

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