TECHNIQUE: Walk like a Dancer
“Change your Walk-Change your Life”
Skippy Blair © 1992 Updated: 9-95, 10-01, 8-04, 12-07, 6-08, 7-10, 6-13
Dancers move through space by the skillful use of body control. The Center
Point of Balance (Solar Plexus - CPB - Core) tightens & lifts as the “3-Toe-Base” presses
DOWN into the floor, creating a Sending Foot. Learning to Dance is much more rewarding,
once the secret of controlling the Center Point of Balance (CPB) has been mastered. This
mastery forms the foundation for a Dancer’s Walk. Think of projecting the Center of your body
forward - as if you were moving a shopping cart in front of you. Your foot does not hit the cart
because your body sends the cart slightly ahead of your foot. The “Contra Walk” is achieved
by pulling the Right hip slightly back on the “&a” before stepping forward on the Right foot on
count “1”. Then pull the Left hip slightly back on the “&a” before stepping forward on the Left foot
on count “2”.. As you control the hip, you will find that the shoulder will go very slightly back as
if it were connected to the hip. (That’s because it IS.} Repeat that action through several “Sets
of 8”. Very soon, you will start to feel the freedom and exhilaration of Basic Contra-Body
Movement. (MOST important for Followers).
The Sending Foot presses down & BACK, in order to propel the body forward. The Receiving
Foot accepts the weight transfer and immediately starts pressing in order to become the next
Sending Foot. Let’s identify what is being sent and what is being received. That object is the
Center Point of Balance (CPB). It is about the size of a fist, located in the Solar Plexus. A
tightened, projected solar plexus (CORE) carries the whole body with it, in one controlled and
connected movement. This control can elevate your level of performance overnight.
Many years ago, Yolanda, of “Veloz & Yolanda”, was known for her “entrances.” She would
pause in a doorway - then slowly project herself across the room. By the time she reached the
other side of the room, all eyes were on Yolanda, and the room was silent. You and I might not
aspire to such a dramatic entrance, but we can certainly appreciate the impact of a great WALK.
GSDTA has their own “Yolanda” in Sharlot Bott. Reference to a Dancer’s Walk in the past few
years, often includes Sharlot’s name. A Dancer’s Walk requires developing individual
elements - slowly - and one at a time.
One important Dance technique is to press the Centering Knob BACK. (The knob is located at
the base of the neck). It takes practice to keep the chin from going either up or down - but it is
worth the effort. By pushing that knob straight back, the head centers itself over the spine &
frees the entire body to move effortlessly across the floor. This action helps develop that
wonderful feeling we call Body Flight. A beautiful Dance Walk is created when each element
has been learned & mastered individually. The separate elements join together in their own
time. These elements include: Sending Foot - 3 Toe Base – a lifted Center Point of Balance
(Core) - Contra Body Movement - and always pressing the Centering Knob BACK.
View the dancer’s body as a musical instrument that needs constant tuning. (Guitar strings
need attention to stay IN TUNE. Even accomplished Dancers need frequent review of BASICS
to maintain and improve their skill level.) Dancing to recorded music - all of the SOUND comes
out of a little black box. The Dancer, who understands both the music and the dance,
becomes the VISUAL part of the music.