Spot for Cleaner Spins

February 24, 2016

One of the keys to a good spin is ending where you want to. A spin that ends cleanly looks good. Conversely, a spin that finishes with the dancer frantically searching for their partner looks uncon...

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Spin Against the Wall

September 16, 2015

In order to spin effectively, you need to control your legs so they don’t throw off your balance. In this drill, you will practice keeping your feet close to your centerline as you progress through...

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Spins & Turns

One of the easiest ways to lose your balance when spinning is by swinging the free leg. Inexperienced spinners tend to swing the free leg in the hopes of generating power for the spin. However, swi...

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Balance in the Kitchen

November 26, 2014

The better your balance, the easier dancing becomes. Spinning, styling, and even footwork become easier when you are in control of where your weight is—and you have the muscle control to keep it ...

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Spins & Turns

When pros move, their legs almost never get away from their body. Especially when they are doing fast footwork, or when they are spinning, their feet remain beneath their hips. Keeping the feet und...

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Introduction to Pot-Stirs

December 12, 2012

The pot-stir is one of the flashiest moves in west coast swing. It is also an extremely difficult move because it requires excellent fundamentals in both partners, as well as teamwork to execute th...

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Spins & Turns

Chaines Turns

October 17, 2012

Chaines turns are a method to do a quick series of turns (hence the name chaines, French for “chains”). In WCS, chaines turns are preferred for any extended series of turns, such as a barrel roll d...

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Spotting in Spins

October 10, 2012

Spotting is a technique used in spins to improve your balance, keep spins in a line, and create a pulse to the spin. The basic idea is to focus on a single point with your head as your body rotates...

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Spins & Turns

Three Toe Base for Spins

September 12, 2012

All spins should occur on the ball of the foot. More specifically, we say that the spin happens on a three toe base: the area of the foot that stretches from the ball of the foot to the big toe and...

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