Say I'm in a group class, or in a private with a coach who doesn't know me well and the coach says, "Show me your 3 turns."
Geeze, this is like forward stroking. No matter what I do it's the wrong thing. With double knee bend. Without double knee bend. Whatever.
So, after a particular series of lessons I came up with what I'll call the 'chinese menu of 3 turns'.
You may need to be of a certain age to remember the kind of menu I'm talking about. "Take one from Column A, One From Column B, and One from Column C".
Column A--Initial Body Position
- Facing out of the circle
- Facing in the circle
- Extended (freestyle way) slightly offset
- Tucked toe to heel (closed hip)
- T position (open hip)
- Extended (figures way) free foot following the tracing
- Not Extended (similar to ballet presentation position)
|The girl in white has her arms in the position I'm writing about|
'Figures style' would be 'begin facing out of the circle, free foot following the tracing, with arms extended'. I also call this 'busy arms' style since as you turn to face inside the circle for the turn the arms have to switch about.
'Dance style' 3 turns. 'Begin facing in the circle, arms extended,' and at that point all hell breaks loose. Toe to heel, T position, extended leg. It's all fair game.
'Scary Style'. "Beginning position facing out of the circle. Hold your arms in presentation. Get your foot in there somewhere.' Turn.
Without the extended arms or the extended free leg, there's hardly any rotational inertia. 'Scary style' 3 turns snap around like a BB in a beer can.
Thank god, there's not actually any use for these. The few times I did them......I felt like this.
|That 3 turn was so fast, my eye hasn't caught up with me!|