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Re: What it means to swing your leg?
Posted by O.Z.
6/6/2013  7:14:00 PM
We have been refering to a Forward Walk. But the same mistake is printed for a Backward Walk. The book says . Take the weight on the Right Foot and Swing the left foot back from the hip. There is no mention that the right knee will bend towards the front as the left leg is extended to the rear. Swuing from the hip. I dont think it is physically possible
Re: What it means to swing your leg?
Posted by Waltz123
6/7/2013  12:37:00 AM
Actually, where the free leg is concerned, the situation is almost exactly the same for a backward walk, just in reverse. Same curved path, same fulcrum (the hip), same effort (the knee, not the foot). The only real difference is that it's swinging in the opposite direction. But it's still swinging.

On the forward walk as well as the back, the supporting leg causes the body to move through space. When the fulcrum itself moves through space in the same direction as that of the swing, it tends to increase the impression to the observer that the object is swinging. This could explain why people describe even fairly bound leg actions as a swing, when you consider that the legs are usually attached to a body that itself is moving through space.

Re: What it means to swing your leg?
Posted by terence2
6/7/2013  5:47:00 AM

I believe its only fair to point out, that, ALL techn. books are only " guides ".
Originally designed for teachers doing prof. exams .

As to The " wordy " explanations given here,which are fine,but if ALL steps,actions, were described in this manner, it would take volumes !!.

Ya cant learn to dance from a book !!
Re: What it means to swing your leg?
Posted by O.z.
6/14/2013  10:11:00 PM
I have yet to see a competent lady dancer on a Backward Walk swing any part of the movement. What I do see is a bending of the knee of the standing foot to the front, with the body weight over that standing foo,t as the moving foot is sent to the rear on the toe Which does not lower untill the now moving foot passes.
Re: What it means to swing your leg?
Posted by anymouse
6/16/2013  6:19:00 AM
If you want to disqualify anything without a fixed radius from deserving the label "swing" then it might be reasonable to say that the foot does not swing in a movement where the knee articulates to shorten and lengthen the leg.

But the upper leg (femur) would still swing.
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