Archive for November 25th, 2007

The second most common type of turn in the standard technique is turn ON a foot. As with turn Between, it is important to understand exactly what is meant when this term is used so that you can execute the figures properly.

Again, the term can be take literally. You are on a particular foot and turn. By which I mean, that foot rotates on the floor. However, turn ON a foot is more complex that just that, and in fact, more complex than turn Between.

To start with, you have to determine if you are turning ON the ball of the foot or the heel of the foot. In addition, while standing on a given foot, you could turn either left or right. Just given those two variables, we have eight possible rotations already:

Standing on the Left foot, rotate left or right, on either the heel or ball.

Standing on the Right foot, rotate right or left, on either the heel or ball.

Fortunately, not all eight are actually a part of the technique, however, six of the eight do occur at some point. There are no instances in the standard technique when we stand on the heel of the left foot and rotate to the left, or stand on the heel of the right foot and rotate to the right.

In addition, there is another factor which makes turn ON more complex: does the body remain the same relative to itself, thus making the turning action a SPIN; or does the body alter its relationship to itself, making the turning action a SWIVEL?

Lets be more specific here.