Simply walking forward on a Straight Line, in time with the Music.
picturing one single line on the floor in front of you. Your body - (actually,
your Center Point of Balance) - wants to glide down that straight line.
The Sending Foot propels the
body forward, along that straight line. In
order for the center to travel in a straight line, the shoulders move slightly
back, alternating left and right, in order to accommodate the forward movement
of the center. (Contra-Body)
Sending Foot: The Power Point In
your foot & the "3-Toe
Base" will press down and back, in order to propel the body (CPB) forward.
Spreading the toes as
you press down and back, produces a firmer connection between the Sending
Foot and the Center Point of Balance
4th Foot Position:
As your CPB moves forward -
place the center of the
front of the heel of the "Receiving Foot" on the straight line.
Now roll through the Standing Base - ready to
spread the toes and have that foot prepare to become the next Sending
The center of the big toe is the
guideline - pointing forward in the direction of travel -
(following the same line.) This
allows the rest of the toes of the "Receiving
Foot" to be placed on the outer side of the same direct line.
Ball of the Foot: (Try to replace this term) The
ball of the foot usually refers to stepping on the base of the big toe joint
(which can produce serious Bunions.)
Through time and misuse, many dancers have come to think of the Ball
of the Foot as stepping
precisely on what can be thought of, as the "Top
of the Mountain." We
should always "roll through" that area, never supporting the entire
weight precisely on that area.
Bunions and aching feet are the result of putting too much weight on the
"top of the mountain"
#5. Power Point, extends
into the backside of the
mountain as an aid to "rolling" through that area of the foot -
but not allowing the weight to fully rest on the ridge (top) of the mountain.
#6. "3-Toe Base" allows
the toes to spread apart - concentrating on the pressure of the big toe, and the
two adjoining toes. It's as if you were trying
#7. Contra-Body can be slight - to very strong. Very slight is the preferred effect. The Left shoulder will pull back on the "&a" before "1" - as the center of the body moves forward to land on the Left foot precisely on count "1". The Right shoulder will pull back on the "&a" before "2" - as the center of the body moves forward to land on the Right foot precisely on count "2". This would continue as you walk forward, alternating feet.