Bounding Unicorns

Turn/Spin Technique

Posture

Posture is what happens between the top of the head and the bottom of the spine.

Belly button drawn in, air goes up to levitation center.

Weight over balls of feet (but body should not be leaned forward).

Arms - beach ball position: hands are at a beach ball distance from body, curved around the beach ball. Arms continuously sloped downward from shoulders to fingertips. Fingertips pointing downward. Shoulders are down.

Turns are done with tight and engaged core.

Poise

Poise is the upper third of the body.

Poise should be lifted for turns. Lifting poise goes against drawing in the belly - as poise goes up, belly goes forward. For turns both must happen which is not natural.

Egyptian Position

Facing right for example:

  • Shoulders straight pointing forward
  • Both feet pointing right, feet are on the same line
  • Head pointing right
  • Arms stretched out, arms are in a line

Left/Right Turn

For a right turn, prep:

  • LH stretched right but elbow forward of body.
  • RH is in beach ball position.

Turn:

  • RF right pointing right
  • RH opens right
  • Body rotates right 180°, RH remains in place thus closes to body into beach ball position
  • Close LH to beach ball position
  • LF travels around RF using the body's momentum. Do not swing LF

Exercises

From egyptian positon, move right/left and turn 180° on each step. Alternate standing legs. The moving leg should always be in line with the standing leg - both when stationary in egyptian position and when turning, as the standing foot is rotating.

Turns Traveling Forward - Hustle

Starting with, say, RF:

  • RF forward, weight forward.
  • Push off LF, rotate R on RF, then push off RF. Goal is to perform almost 180° of rotation to face back from original direction.
  • LF back but weight forward. Step on ball of LF, not on heel. In order to maintain balance, send the hips back. Body should be balanced over the ball of LF which is back, with RF lifted off the floor.
  • Push off RF and rotate R on LF almost 180° to end up in original direction again. Weight forward throughout.

When rotating on a forward foot, the rear foot should stay straight back. Do not swing the foot around in any direction, it should be pointed rearward from the hip. Laterally the feet should be close together, starting that way and maintaining minimal lateral gap throughout.

When rotating on a rearward foot, the forward foot should stay forward. Maintain lateral spacing between feet as for rotation on the forward foot.

Feet should land close to each other - minimal travel per step. Overall travel for the turn will be more than sufficient even so.