Magazine article Dance Spirit

GET YOUR Head IN THE Game

Magazine article Dance Spirit

GET YOUR Head IN THE Game

Article excerpt

Headspins are one of the ultimate b-boy and b-girl tricks, and seem to defy the laws of physics. But since dancers don't usually find themselves balancing on top of their skulls, achieving a headspin can feel pretty unattainable. To better understand the best approaches for this advanced move, we asked Alex Welch (aka B-Girl Shorty) and Simrin Player (aka B-Girl Simi) to give us some tips.

SAFETY FIRST

Even though there are tons of tutorials a YouTfibe click away, both Player and Welch stress that headspins are an advanced and difficult trick that can't be learned in a week. "Working your way up to a headspin is critical in order to develop the correct technique," Player says. Always spin on the center of your head-if you're too far forward or back, you could twist your neck. "You want to find the 'sweet' spot right in the middle," Welch says.

Both b-girls insist on wearing a beanie while they spin, and only do it on smooth, even surfaces. The beanie helps you spin faster by reducing friction, and it cushions your head. A stable surface allows you to keep your body straight up and down, protecting your neck.

A beanie also helps prevent hair loss associated with headspins-though your scalp will probably still peel. "Don't freak out! It just looks like dandruff," Welch says. "And your head will burn a little bit, too."

THE FUNDAMENTALS

Safely executing a headspin requires three essential elements: balance, speed and form. "It's like you're a top," Welch says. …

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