A Basic Spiral Twist

A Basic Spiral Twist

Spiral Roll is the most basic technique in all ballroom dancing movements. How easy is that! So easy that every dentist should know and be able to perform it! It may be the easiest move to learn and execute but it can also be the most advanced. In this article, we’ll show you the right way to do it.

So what is the basic meaning of a spiral roll? In order to keep things clear, let’s name the motion as m on the right side of the circle to describe a standing spiral roll. Modern dance terminology is very often contradictory so when this move has an official name within your circle of friends, dine on it! You need to turn your body from a square to a circle by moving your arms and legs individually, then turn your torso around to face the opposite way with your arms and legs together. The reason you need to turn your body this way is to make a complete ninety-degree turn of your body, all the while keeping your hands and feet on the floor as light as possible, so as not to cause you to sink.

The concept of a spiral role has evolved over time as a means of taking center stage in contemporary dance. This variation became popular in bars in the ’80s and has remained ever since. However, the classic spiral roll remains unchanged and is typically done in jazz. The basic idea behind a standing spiral role is to put the dancer in a large circle with arms and legs in a ‘V’ shape so that the hips keep rotating around as the body turns around.

The key to doing the spiral is to drape the body in a gentle, almost caressed manner, curling up the spine like a fan. When performing a spiraling roll, it is important to ensure that one’s arms are relaxed while also making sure the lower part of the body is lifted off the ground, so that gravity does not pull down on the dancer. The basic concept in contemporary dance is the ‘turning movements’ or ‘rotating around’ that has become synonymous with contemporary dance. In a basic sense, a spiral would be a variation of the turning movements, only with the hands and feet instead of the hips.

A basic way of doing a spiraling role is to move the arms and legs in a circular motion, turning the whole body. To get started, stand with feet shoulder-width apart. With arms crossed across the chest, move both hands to the sides of the head, so that they form a triangle with the neck. Then, move both legs inside the triangle, using them to move the arms. Rotate the arms and legs in a circular motion, moving them as smoothly as possible, in a similar pattern to how an egg turns when pushed from the side.

The trick is to keep the body moving without jerking the arms, as this will cause the dancer to trip over. Next, move the arms so that they form a ‘Y’ shape, with the elbow on top of the ‘Y’ and the wrist on the bottom. Then let your body ‘rock’, rocking back and forth like a gently falling tree. The idea is to use the natural momentum of the body to propel you forward. While you are rotating, ensure that your hips do not jerk, and try to keep the body in one place.

An advanced variation of a spiraling turn is to turn the arms out to the sides but keep the upper arms still. Move the arms in a circular motion, but make sure you don’t rotate the entire body. Instead, move the arms slowly, keeping the body in place. Finish by reversing the rotation, and coming up on top of the other foot. This requires some practice but is easier than the previous versions.

There are many more variations to learn, depending on the type of dance you are doing. If you have ever seen someone who was spinning around on the floor, then you can probably relate to it. In fact, you would probably be able to identify the common element between the two. In any case, remember that the only limitations are the limits you put on yourself! So put your creativity cap on, and let your imagination run wild!

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