Nathan is taking the role of the lead on the left, Shirin the follower is on the right. Shirin is simply performing the lower body action using alternating legs. Nathan is also performing the action but he occasionally taps his foot instead of stepping, causing a change in phase. You can observe the phase changes by watching the tilt of their hip-lines. If the changes occur too quickly, pause the clip and use the slider to control the images framebyframe.
are to be performed on the spot.
Description (Part I): a Step, a Tap, and the Difference
In terms of pressure
on the sole of you foot, a step is felt as sustained greater
pressure, whereas a tap is felt as a brief lighter pressure.
Description (Part II): Changing between Steps and Taps
Your weight should now have returned to your left leg, and be ready to move onto your right.
Repeat the sequence.
the first verbal cue until you're fluent, then try it to a count (second
(Part III): Changing phase within a music framework
Notice that at the end of beat four, you should be ready to use your left leg. This means that if you used a single phase change in one bar of music, you would start the next bar with a different leg (in this case, with your left leg instead of your right; you will continue to start every bar stepping onto your left leg until you change phase again).
You should also practice the exercise stepping onto your left leg on beat one.
Once you can do that, you can perform the sequence continuously.
the first verbal cue until you're fluent, then to a count (second cue).
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