Movement Exercise: Pelvis, Circular
This tutorial brings together the material covered in the two body isolation exercises:
to form a coherent circular motion. Among the many benefits which will become obvious as we progress, mastery of circular motion will increase greatly the fluidity of your movement thus enhancing the quality of your dancing.
The separation of weight concept is valid now more than ever, as is the health caution which is reiterated below.
I have chosen to present the material from the third person perspective. This encourages an objective detachment and renders the practices easier to visualise.
The programme comprises a subset of the material similar to that found in the tutorial Body Movement Exercise: Chest, Circular. Not all of the exercises from there have been incorporated because:
Having said that,
applying those exercises to your hips does provide an academic advantage
as well as bettering your fine control over the movement of your hips.
The choice is yours.
Note: To protect
yourself against hypercurvature of your lower back
connecting three points
1.1. Connecting three points
semi-circles: filling out the corners
1.2. Semi-circles: filling out the corners
Envision the pendulum weight as being heavy and moving slowly, describing a perfectly circular path.
To change direction, feel it coming to a slow stop, and then gradually gather momentum to circle in the opposite direction.
The trick is to time your forward pelvic movement to coincide with the two transfers of weight.
can short-cut the extreme north and south positions to form a circle.
As your hips are in their southward stroke with weight passing onto your left leg, place your right foot about one foot-length forward.
When you transfer your weight onto your right, reorient your centreline slightly anticlockwise.
Continue this process of placing your right foot forward whilst allowing your left foot to pivot in place. This eventually results in a complete turn which is driven by the circular movement of your hips.
Take small steps initially and apply power for the turn using the pelvic circle; a strong visualisation helps. Lowering your stance will bring your major muscle groups more into play to give a smoother driving action, but at the expense of completion of the lower body joint cascade.
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