Changing between Steps and Taps
In the basic exercise, you step onto your right leg on the count of
one. Try the same practice, stepping onto your left leg on count
one (you'll have to change your preparation too). It may seem no different,
but you're programming yourself mentally to be more flexible.
For the same
reasons, practice "tapsteptapstep"
so that your steps occur on the even beats instead. Mastering
all four possible variations will give you the flexibility to change
phase at any point during a musical phrase.
Next you can try the practice using forward steps, resulting in forward
walks; and backward steps for a backward walk - just like the exercise
in Extras: Lower Body Action.
Further Practices (Part III):
Changing phase within a music framework
phase on other beats
Try changing phase by tapping on beat one, once per bar of music. Then
practice phase changing on beat two, then beat three until you have
the full set.
Perform a merengue walk, changing phase at random to music.