Okay, guys. I'm working on ECS and WCS technique, and like to add the occasional swivel, either led or unled, just spice things up. Problem? My swivels are yucky! :x Any suggestions on how to make them neater, and sexier, too, while we're at it?
If you have time to practice, try to do it in front of a mirror. Put your left hand on your lower hip. Take both feet and twist to the left, then right. Do this without moving your waist up. keep your body from the waist up facing forward. This makes your swivels look soooooooo smooth. It takes a bit of practice, but the outcome of your swivels is awesome!
A good technique for refining one's swivels is to do all of the above suggested things together, and if you can, it can be useful to practice holding onto a bar or something of that nature and sitting way back (ie piking, especially if you are into Hollywood type Lindy stylings). Being able to take a lot of your weight off for practice helps refine your footwork. And always remember to keep your thighs together!
Some dancers despise piking back, which means that both the lead and the follow have their centers of gravity slightly behind their feet.
Speaking in generalities it means that if you let go of each other, you will have to take a quick step back or you with fall over.
Again in generalities, if you picture the couple at 7 & 8 you will see their feet closer to each other than any other part of their bodies (except the hands that they are holding to each other).
I enjoy this type of swing out, very exciting. As a follow, try to give your lead some weight to pull but not too much. Your lead will have to be into this style or he won't be happy.
About the knee bending......Let's assume you are pulled in to your lead on 1. (Some don't pull til 2) You must bend your knee to pick up your right foot. You will put your right foot down a little closer to your lead, with your toe pointing out,as far to the right as you can, and with your knee as straight as you can. This is when piking back is put to good use, it will make the straighter leg position easier.
Then do the same thing again with your left foot on 2, only point your left toe to the left as far as you can....... your right foot will return to the forward pointing position as you are stepping past it with your left foot on 2.
Typically you might want to swivel on 8 with your left foot. This swivel is a little different because you will not be stepping forward, (I turn my body to the left as I swivel this one slightly behind me.) The straight leg is not good on this swivel.
I honestly don't know where I was going with that.
It makes perfect sense that there wouldn't be salsa kittens, polka kittens, or even tango kittens... Cats and kittens are part of the swing culture slang... not that many people use it very much. eh, it's nice to have another Lindy Hopper on board!