Swivel

Rebecca show the Swivel for followers.

For more information about the swivels check out this video: Swivels

  • Tips from Rebecca:
    - Keep the knees slightly bent at all times for your basic swivel. Don’t straighten the leg that is pushing off. Don’t straighten the other leg and reach for your next step. Yes, this will mean you need to develop your leg strength. That will come.
    - Keep the ankles soft, not locked into position. For my basic swivel, my forefoot takes the impact of the step, and my ankle flexes so that my heel nearly touches the floor.
    - Which means that you don’t want to swivel on your tippy-toes all the time. It can be a very pretty variation, though.
    - Pulse. Uber important. Imagine your legs are juicy pogo sticks. :-)
    - Use the leg muscles to push out of the ground from step to step. Don’t fall, don’t reach. Push.
    - Use the abdominal muscles to create rotation in the torso between steps.
    - Rotation begins in the mid back (where your vertebrae have the most rotational flexibility, as opposed to the low back, which has very poor rotation).
    - The hips (eg pelvis), at the bottom of the spine, get quite a lot of rotation relative to the head, at the top of the spine. The legs and feet may have slightly more rotation, provided the rest of your technique is solid.
    - Even when your feet are really wide for swivels, keep your torso somewhere in the middle. You don’t need to move your center of gravity ALL the way over each foot when you step.
    - OMG arms!! Keep ‘em steady-ish, out away from your torso rather than glued to your sides.
    - Practice lots. Increase your speed slowly so your movements don’t get sloppy.
  • Teachers: Rebecca Brightly
    RebeccaBrightly.com/hellyes

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    Wiggles Routine

    Rebecca shows a short routine she calls the Wiggles Routine.

    Follow the instructions in the video.

    The steps in this routine are:
    1. Shorty George forward [8counts]
    2. Apple Jacks backward [8counts]
    3. Shorty George forward [8counts]
    4. Apple Jacks backward [8counts]
    5. Boogie drops L, Boogie Drops R [8counts]
    6. Suzie Q to L [8counts]
    7. Suzie Q to R [8counts]
    8. Lock turn (double kick 1, 2; rock step 3, 4; lock on 5, turn 6, 7, 8) [8counts]
    9. New Move to R [8counts]
    10. New Move to L [8counts]
    11. Swivels forward starting on R [8counts]
    12. Scoot back 1-4, bounce 5- 8 [8counts]

    The song this routine is danced to is “Wallingford Wiggles” by Glenn Crytzer
    http://www.syncopators.net/

    Teacher: Rebecca Brightly
    http://rebeccabrightly.com/hellyes/

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    Lock Turn

    Rebecca shows the lock turn.

    The lock turn is a crucial element in Jazz dance that every Swing and Jazz dancer should know.

    Follow the instructions in the video.

    Tips from Rebecca:
    - Make sure your weight is evenly split between both feet in the “lock” position, just before you turn. You may find it helpful to lift your left heel (back heel) a bit.
    - Remember to transfer weight to the back foot near the beginning of your turn.
    - Both knees bent, yo.
    - Practice slowly at first, then build up speed.

    Teacher: Rebecca Brightly
    http://rebeccabrightly.com/hellyes/

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    Scissor Kicks

    Rebecca shows the Scissor Kicks.

    The moves in this video are: – The Scissor Kicks -

    Tips from Rebecca:
    - When bending your knees, engage your glutes and hamstrings (the back of your legs). Sit back a little instead of letting your knees come out over your toes.
    - Lindy hop kicks are harder than they look, especially when you add in the pulse. Give it some time and practice if yours don’t look fabulous yet.
    - Look up at the wall/mirror instead of down at the ground!

    Follow the instructions in the video and learn the scissor kicks.

    Teacher: Rebecca Brightly
    RebeccaBrightly.com/hellyes and LindyMakers.com

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