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Orbits™: Introduction

Orbit™” describes the rotating motion of a partnership as a single unit, around a central axis. It is a turning element that is performed by both partners, as compared with turning elements performed by individuals such as the HALO™.

Orbits can span or contain several individual turns. They are the wrapping or “outer shell” component for individual turns, and lend a smoother flow to combinations that incorporate them.

This element is sometimes referred to as a “change of place”, where partners circle each other to end up in the position their counterpart has just vacated. The drawback of the “change of place” phrase is that it promotes rotations in 180° increments, causing dancers to under-utilise the remaining angles of the circle.

We chose the word “Orbit” because it lacks these semantic complications.


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