House Introduction - WEEK THREE
Marble Surface

RECAP
 

FIRST SEGMENT - KYLE

Main Focuses:
 

Gallop with Stomp Variation:

  • Remember to stay light on your feet when you tap your heel forward and not putting weight onto your forward leg.

  • As you Stomp the ground, you do not want to be heavy into the ground, but instead use your legs to spring you into and out of the step to secure an easier transition into your gallop step.

Loose Legs:

  • Staying on the balls of your feet throughout the entirety of the step.

  • As you step to the side on your first step, either lean into the the step or lean away from the step while using your hips to exaggerate the movement and to create fluidity.

  • Rock your body forward (Jack Groove) every time you step away from your center.

  • Remember to cross over during your last step between each side of the Loose Legs. When you cross over, be sure to sit into the transition by putting all your weight into the step to continue a fluid motion between your footwork.

SECOND SEGMENT - JORDAN

Main Focuses:

The Farmer:
 

  • Remember to sit down into the movement; otherwise, it will resemble skipping! Think: the feeling of going down stairs instead of jumping up to reach something.

  • Ensure your weight moves from side-to-side as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you step with your left, it is a full weight transfer. Remember: a step literally means a full transfer of weight from one foot/leg to the other. Leaning, even slightly, into the direction you're going is helpful, allowing the weight shift to feel more natural. Think of what swaying feels like.
     

  • Official definition of the word "step," via Dictionary.com:
    a movement made by lifting the foot and setting it down again in a new position, accompanied by a shifting of the weight of the body in the direction of the new position, as in walking, running, or dancing.

     

  • Be attentive to how you sound; the step should be louder than the tap. This will happen naturally when your weight shifts over the stepping leg, not resting in your center or over the tapping foot:
    step-tap, step-tap, step-tap;
    left (step)-right (tap), right (step)-left (tap), left (step)-right (tap);
    one-and, two-and, three-and, four-and...

     

  • Ensure you are lifting your knee (therefore your foot) opposite of your stepping leg. Once the single, side-to-side pattern feels comfortable, switch it up!
    Try these patterns on your own: single-double, single-triple, single-single-double, double-single-single
    Directions: move forward, backward, leftward, rightward; can you travel in a circle, or any direction you choose?

     

Crabwalk Review:
 

  • Sit into heels, lifting toes, opening feet into a "V" shape. Lift again, creating an "A shape;" your toes should be nearly touching.
    Lifting the heel or ball of foot is a huge help when moving at a faster tempo. Stay loose! Think of your chest feeling "heavy." How does your body react to the pulse?

     

  • Play with sitting weight fully into the balls of your feet; switch to heels then to the ball/heel variation. Maintain the rock in your pelvis! It should radiate throughout your body, how subtle or strong is a matter of 1). body awareness and 2). what the moment calls for
     

  • Keep in mind: even if your feet appear flat, be precise on where the weight is resting. If in the middle, you will feel the greatest resistance from the floor -- shift to the ball or heel (how does the pelvis or body overall react?).