2a. Basic Rock
Like stepping in place, basic rocks can be used to mark time in place while you wait for the dance floor to clear ahead of you. Many beautiful figures are built on rocks and you will see some of them in this tutorial.
Step (weight), Step together (no weight),
Step (weight), Step together (no weight) etc.
THE LEADER takes repeated forward and backward steps making sure he fully shifts his weight onto each foot as he steps. Keeping your chest forward and your back straight helps you make distinct weight shifts each time you step.
Your eyes see the video and words, your mind interprets them, and with much practice your body understands it
THE FOLLOWER also takes repeated steps backward and forward making full weight shifts with each step.
KEY POINTS: Rocks require a good connection between partners because there are quick changes of direction with each step:
- If your arms are loose, the connection between yourself and your partner will be loose and you will not be able to move together smoothly.
- Also, if you let your elbows bend behind your body, your frame will collapse, and you and your partner will feel as if you are falling into each other.
- Finally, if your stomach or hips are pushed forward instead of your chest, you will again feel as if you are falling into each other.
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