Exercises

Here's a couple of simple exercises. Every class we did in Buenos Aires started with exercises like this, and I found that it really helped me concentrate on balance, stepping onto a straight leg, initiating the step through articulation of the pelvis, keeping the moving foot in light contact with the floor, keeping my feet pointing forward, making a smooth weight transfer, being grounded, sending energy up and forwards.

Exercise 1: Cross and unwind

Starting weight on right foot:

  • Walk directly forward for 3 paces stepping left, right, left.
  • Bring your right foot into a cross behind your left foot.
  • Change weight making sure the weight transfer is even (the right foot progressively receives weight as the left foot relinquishes it).
  • "Unwind" your left foot and take a step backwards onto your left foot.
  • Bring your right foot into a cross infront of your left foot.
  • Make an even weight transfer so you are standing on your right foot.
  • "Unwind" your left foot and repeat the exercise.

Once you've walked forward as far as you can then reverse the exercise - three steps back, one forward with crosses inbetween.

Exercise 2: Ochos

Starting with weight on left foot.

  • Take one step forward onto your right foot and as you bring your feet together pivot 90' to your right.
  • Take one step sideways onto your left foot and as you bring your feet together pivot 90' to your left so you are facing your original direction.

Keep repeating until you run out of room and then reverse the exercise - one step back onto right foot, pivot 90' to your left, step sideways onto your left foot and pivot 90' right.

Then start with your weight on the right foot and do it all again!

 - Jon Dixon