The Back Walk
The following is an analysis of a backward walk. To improve your own dancing,
work slowly through the phases of the walking action as a daily warm-up exercise.
Begin standing upright with feet together.
Keeping the body weight directly over the standing foot, begin to flex the
knees. At the same time, the ball of the moving foot should begin to move
backwards along the floor.
Begin to move the body weight backward between the feet, releasing the toe of
the standing foot from the floor. The moving foot should continue to extend
backward, with the toe in contact with the floor.
At the full extent of the stride, the body weight is equally divided between the
feet, with the forward toe and back heel up. At this point, the moving foot will
become the standing foot (and vice-versa).
As the body weight approaches the new standing foot, the free foot is pulled
inward wit h the heel moving along the floor. At the same time, the knees will
begin to flex and the heel of the back foot will slowly lower. It should make
contact with the floor at the same time the body weight arrives completely on
the new standing foot.
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a video clip of the backward walk.
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of the forward walk.