The twist consists of several dance steps that are strung together with variations to create a whole dance. Spice up your twist with the help of a professional dance instructor in this free video.
Hi there. I'm Jennifer Parker, owner and director of Fluidity Dance and Yoga, and today I'm going to teach you how to twist. When learning the Twist, you can do it in several stages. The first stage I recommend is to start off by using just one leg at a time. So first, I like to call this squishing a bug, where I tell my students to pretend like they're stepping on a bug, and then move your heel back and forth just like that. Squish, squish, squish, squish, squish. And then you can move your elbow in the same direction, and step, and then we step and twist, twist, twist, twist, twist, twist, twist. And step. Now the next way to get your students to do the Twist is by using both legs. So I would start off by having students just practice bending, and then once they have a nice bent position, they can then start moving their feet side to side. And then adding the arms is sometimes the hardest part, especially if you want some fancy arms, like maybe some mashed potato arms or... if you're shaking a tailfeather, maybe some wings. Alright, and then once they've got their twist down you can start to take your twist low. So for that one, you want to think about sticking your hips out, or your feet out, so you're going to twist down and then at a certain point you've got to bend over before you can come back up. Now, you can combine all of these steps into a fun dance. You can start off with just one foot and maybe lean back with it and step and start off with the other foot and maybe lean back and throw out a jazz hand, and step, and then go to both feet, and maybe mashed potato as you go down to the ground and come up. Now that you know the basic moves associated with the Twist, I encourage you to take these moves to the dance floor, add in some of your own, and to have fun with it. I'm Jennifer Parker with Fluidity Dance and Yoga. Thanks for watching.