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Turning Basic

The turning basic is just a variation of the back basic with a turn of the body included. It's easier to learn after the back basic, and it provides a change of scenery. If possible, align yourself facing one direction with objects that you can focus on ninety degrees to both your left and right e.g. walls in a square room. You can use these objects as reference points to help you learn.

Verbal Cue:
Turn-And-Close-Clap

Prepare to start:
Stand with your weight on your right leg ready to turn to your left.

Beat:
1. Turn your body ninety degrees to your left while taking a step back with your left leg. (You should now be looking straight at the object that was previously on your left)
2. Transfer your weight from your left leg forward onto your right leg. This is called a replace of weight, and is done to the verbal cue of "and".
3. Turn your body ninety degrees to your right, place your left foot close to your right and transfer your weight onto it. (You should now be facing the same direction you started in)
4. Clap your hands once to mark the null beat.

Your weight should now be on your left leg ready to move to your right.

Repeating the process turning to the right,

Beat:
5. Turn your body ninety degrees to your right while taking a step back with your right leg. (You should now be looking straight at the object that was previously on your right)
6. Transfer your weight from your right leg forward onto your left leg. This is called a replace of weight, and is done to the verbal cue of "and".
7. Turn your body ninety degrees to your left, place your right foot close to your left and transfer your weight onto it. (You should now be facing the same direction you started in)
8. Clap your hands once to mark the null beat.

You are now where you began, with your weight on your right leg, ready to move to your left.

Comments:
When you practise this basic with Dan in the clip: Turning Basic, Detailed; remember that he is dancing in mirror image to you.

   

 
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