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Balance while turning

Two distinct "physics domains" here:

  • slow turns: maintain static balance
  • fast turns: rotation axis shouldn't wobble (much)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01/16/2009

One Good Turn Deserves Another (Turning Techniques)

Every get off balance when doing a spot turn? Every wind up facing a different spot than you wanted?

When turning you must develop momentum from the floor up while that same contact with the floor slows you down as well. A good dancer can start a spin with almost no "wind up" but at one point the body will begin to out-turn the feet. There is no friction holding the body back while the feet are still attached to the floor.

When you complete the spin and drop your heels to stop, your body will want to continue. (Remember Isaac Newton?) If you allow you body to "outrun"
your feet while turning there is nothing left when you want to stop. As a result your body will pull you off balance.

The next time you are practicing spot turns keep your body behind your direction of spin. This allows some slack to absorb the energy when you stop.

Imagine running. When you wish to stop you don't lean forward. If you did you would fall on your face. Try to relate this to turning and your turns may not improve but when you stop the balance will always be better.

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Practice the easy way at our Friday and Sunday night dance. We couldn't think of a better way to reinforce those lessons!  Come early, and you can get a half-hour of whole-floor practice, while we are getting ready for the dance lesson.  After the dance, we don't mind if you hang around and practice while we clean up and close up the studio.


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