Session 347 - Pure StepPresented by Robert SteigeleDescription:
Rediscover the step and the simplicity of basic choreography that iseffective in developing cardiovascular fitness and lower body strength and power.This class is less dance and more athletic. Emphasis will be placed ontechniques to maximize any step session.
originally 118 – 122 bpm, revised to 128 bpm, butshould max at 132bpm
Step was originally a slow, low impact activity. The workout comesfrom lifting one’s body weight up and down over a certain distance (step height).It doesn’t have to be complex to be effective (look at cardio machines). Don’tforget about good old moves like basic steps, lifts and repeaters. Turning moves,when possible should be optional.
How to run, hop, leap and jump
To tap or not to tap:
It is okay to tap down, but isn’t always necessary. Whenpossible taps can be eliminated or replaced. They are not an intuitive move.
Full foot placement, completing movements (on step or floor)
Rhythmic and Phrasing variations:
Try to work with a 32 or 64 count pattern towork with square musical phrases.
What is the lead leg?
The leg closest to the step is the one that should step onthe step first.
Am I still going to be on this lead leg?
In other words, is this an alternating orsingle lead move or combination? If single lead moves are desirable, then youmust have an alternating lead move as well. It is easier to teach the alternatinglead first. Also, you need an odd number of alternating lead moves whencombined with a single lead move.
How many counts does the move or pattern take?
Stick with moves that are 4 or8 counts if possible.
Which way do I turn?
Turns, when included, should consider the direction themovement is coming from and where it is going. In other words, the movesbefore and after a turn should feel “right” for the move to be successful.When teaching new moves and combinations, mix it up with simple moves andvariations to make it easier for the participant
What are the variations in the choreography?
Does the move travel? Whichdirection are you facing? Are there power movements? Are there floor mixes?What are the arms doing?
Please Note: Choreography may occasionally be altered, from what is written, at the presenter’s discretion.
(64 count total)