Learning how to do a Planche can be very useful in your breakdancing routine. Doing a Planche at the right time can give you a much needed second to rest as well as show off your acrobatic abilities. The most important part about pulling of a successful Planche is that when you complete one, you end up in a standing position immediately ready to link another cool move. The Planche is one of those moves that looks really good if you pull it off correctly, but it isn't awesome enough to sustain a routine. It's better used as a bridging technique to link one acrobatic move to another. Here's how you pull of a Planche.
- What it looks like. A Planche maneuver has the breakdancer balancing in such a way that it appears as if the B-boy is horizontal. Or at least, slightly horizontal. Like most freezes in breakdancing, balance and power are the two key elements in pulling a Planche off. You'll see, the more you practice, the more horizontal you'll seem when you use the move. Watching other dancers, you'll see that they aren't totally horizontal. The truth is, their legs will be elevated higher than their upper bodies. So, if you're not balancing at a perfect 180 degrees, don't get frustrated.
- Strength. The most important thing to have when learning how to do a Planche is strength, specifically in your upper body. The Planche is best described as a semi-horizontal handstand which means the majority of your weight will be falling on your shoulders, arms and wrists when you attempt the move. For your best interest, you need to have a strong upper body.
- Your arms. Because your arms and shoulders will be handling all of your body weight, correct arm and hand placement are definitely needed to pull off a good Planche. When you jump into a Planche, your arms need to be shoulder length a part and stiff. Make no doubt about it, your muscles will be flexed. If you don't, you're falling over.
- Your hands. Your hands can't be facing totally forward because you run the risk of breaking your wrists and fingers when you attempt to hold up your body weight. They can't be facing out ward either because you won't be balanced. You have to find a happy medium. Practice with this one. Remember, if your hands are at any extreme, you'll fall over and probably break something.
- Arm and hand placement. Your arms should be shoulder length a part with your hands placed somewhere between forward and to the sides. You'll have to find a comfortable position for them. Your arms and hands should be pushing on the mat at about your mid-torso.
- Your shoulders. The stronger they are, the better. You'll see that once you jump into a Planche you'll need to lean further forward to help balance yourself. Your shoulders will be burning from the added weight.
- Your bottom half. You need to have your legs completely straight and extended to make the Planche look good. Because of this, you'll notice that you'll need to elevate them to compensate for the brunt of your weight being on your shoulders. This is why it's important to have strong shoulders and arms. The stronger your upper body, the more horizontal you can actually make yourself during the maneuver.
- Practice. The more you practice, the better you'll become. Your strength will begin to build and you'll notice you can hold the pose longer. But don't forget, posing for too long isn't cool, especially if it takes away from the overall performance.
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