Friday, August 31, 2012

Pivots and Turns
When turning, such as in the Waltz, or when executing a pivot imagine a horizontal wheel. One partner is always at the hub of the wheel, while the other partner is at the rim. The partner at the rim provides the force and momentum, the partner at the hub provides the stability.
In a Waltz left turn, the partner who takes the left forward step on the one count is at the rim. He/she is responsible to provide the rotation and must take a long forceful step forward. The partner at the hub only takes a small step backward, letting the rim partner move around her/him. Thus, each partner takes his/her turn at the rim or the hub, depending which one moves forward on the left foot on the one count.
In a right pivot, the same principle applies. The partner who steps forward on his/her right foot is at the rim and is responsible for the rotation, while the partner at the hub stays almost immobile, letting the rim partner move around him/her. Again, both partners alternate between hub and rim.
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