Thursday, September 22, 2005

I'm Not Really Sure Camels Walk That Way

In swing class last night we learned something called the Camel Walk. For those of you who want to follow along at home, give it a try:
  1. Step forward and a bit to the right (with your right foot, of course). Now hook your left foot behind the right ankle. Now another forward right step.
  2. Repeat to the left.
  3. Now, keep going, but whichever foot has the weight on it for any given step, keep that leg straight. Bend the other one at the knee so that only the toe is on the ground. So alternate knees are popping out as you go.
  4. Now get the shoulders going. Whichever shoulder is on the side of the bent knee goes up and the other goes down.
  5. If you're trying to lead this with another person (in side-by-side position) then you've also got to lean your bodies forward on the long steps, and back on the hook steps (pushing the hips forward).
  6. If that isn't enough things for your brain to keep track of, remember that you can do this in either quick-quick-slow tempo, or just a bunch of quicks. If you do Q-Q-S, then the steps go hook-step-step, with a direction change in the middle (harder than step-hook-step).
Next time I go to the zoo, I'm going to take a closer look at the camels, 'cause this is some wacky stuff.

4 comments:

Trish said...

Sounds almost painful.....!

Borden said...

Sounds like a good reason to stick to waltzing.

Trish said...

I think I'm going to need to see a demonstration :-)

Papoila said...

Well, I have no doubt, of course camels walk like that!