This Issue – Spin Turns

A very popular type of turn that allows you to stay in the same spot while turning – used in many of the rhythm dances like West Coast & East Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Salsa and Samba.

TURN EXERCISE 5 – SPIN TURNS

(Print this page so you can try this exercise as you read it).

This exercise will allow you to practice swiveling on the supporting foot and controlling your balance.

Stand with your right side next to a table or kitchen counter.  Put your right hand on the counter. Stand with the weight on your right foot with the left leg pressing against the right leg – no weight on the left foot.

Stretch your left arm to the side and by bending it at the elbow create a swing towards your right shoulder. Swivel half of turn on the right foot. Put your left hand on the counter.

Now you are standing with the counter on your left side. Your weight is on the left foot with the right leg pressing against the left leg – no weight on the right foot

Stretch your right arm to the side and by bending it at the elbow create a swing towards your left shoulder. Swivel half of turn on the left foot. Put your right hand on the counter.

Now you are (as you were on the beginning of this exercise) standing with the counter on your right side.

Repeat the same spin exercise several times looking straight ahead when you finish your turns.

As you get more proficient you can practice standing away from the counter and concentrate more on balance and the supporting column. Try increasing the amount of turn to 3/4 of a turn and later to 1 full turn.

As you reach the 1 full turn in your exercises, try standing with your feet apart and weight on right foot – create a stronger swing with the left arm as your spin 1 full turn to the right. Step to the side with the left foot (about shoulder width at the end of the turn). Look straight ahead as you start to turn and at the end of the turn. 

Happy Dancing,

Blanche & Emilio

Next Issue – How to Hear the Beat in the Music

LIBRERO MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS –
Emilio and Blanche Librero have been operating their own successful Dance Studio in Tampa and producing high quality instructional videos since 1979. Librero’s “How to Become a Good Dancer” video series is sold nationwide, and has been featured on Television and Radio, as well as printed publications throughout the country.

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