Ok all you B-boys, all you breakers and showmen, lets learn how to Halo breakdance. Not to be confused with the headspin, the Halo is a monster all it's own. The Halo is one of those moves where balance is far more important than than sheer muscle power. Though, in order to get into the Halo position you will need a decent amount of core strength. You've never seen a fat breakdancer have you? The good news is, B-boying is one of those activities that can actually get you into shape, and the Halo move will test your arm, shoulders, back and abdominal strength. So, lets learn how to do it.
- Getting started. Experienced breakers can jump right into the Halo move from a number of different positions and varying speeds. But, for all of you out there trying to master the mechanics, we're going to start you off in a crouching position on the balls of your feet. The Halo breakdance starts out similar to a lot of other breaking moves, It's how you finish the move that makes it a Halo. Note that the following moves will be done in immediate succession of each other. If you do them too slow you'll fall. If you do them to fast, you'll also probably fall. Timing is everything.
- You midsection. When pulling of a Halo, your midsection is very important. If you're too stiff, you'll end up flat on your back. You need to keep your waist on a swivel. It's this swivel that actually initiates the move. While balancing on the balls of your feet in the crouched position, you're going to twist your torso to one side. For the side you choose to twist, you're going to lower that shoulder towards the ground.
- Your arms. Think of your arms as the stabilizers of the move. What makes the Halo breakdance different from the headspin is the fact that your arms continue to support your spin throughout the maneuver. After you've twisted to one side and lowered your shoulder, put the arm of the lowered side to the ground to support you (you will be putting your weight on the lowered side). Then immediately drop your other arm to the ground as well. Your head and lowered shoulder and arm should all be on the mat. Your off arm is just there for support.
- Your legs. While you're lowering your shoulder to ones side, you need to kick the leg of that side out to build momentum for the spin. In other words, if you twist and lower your left shoulder to the right side, you should be simultaneously kicking out your right leg and twist it in the opposite direction that you're turning your torso. As your body begins to twist, that kicking motion will give you the strength and momentum to elevate the lower half of your body. Remember, you'll be supporting your weight on the lowered shoulder arm and your head at this point.
- Elevate. Lift your lower half into the air and spread your legs for balance. You should have both of your arms and head on the mat in a tripod formation. The momentum you've created should allow your Halo breakdance to work. You can also use your extended, spread legs to twist out a few more rotations in the Halo. Once your momentum slows you'll begin to fall to the ground. Just follow the previous instructions to immediately raise back up into the Halo.
- Practice. The more you practice the faster and longer you'll be able to hold your Halo. The real test of skill, however, is how fast you can transition into the Halo and out of it into another breakdance move. It's not a hard move to learn, but it can be difficult to master.