How To Lotus Flare

Learning how to Lotus Flare is a piece of cake. That is, if you have experience with doing other types of Flares. The Lotus Flare is one variation of a maneuver with a multitude of different ways to perform. Common knowledge of breakdancing moves asserts that the cooler the move is, the more difficult it is to pull it off. Most times this would be true, but in the instance of performing a Lotus Flare, the way it looks actually makes it rather easier to perform than other Flares. Anyone comfortable with doing standard Flares could probably learn the Lotus Flare rather quickly. Here's how to do the Lotus Flare.

  1. Flares. Before you can do Lotus Flares, you need to know how to do standard Flares. Here's a quick lesson. From the standing position lean forward and extend your arm. Lets say you chose your right arm. When your right arms makes contact with the floor, you're going to put your weight on that arm while simultaneously swinging your right leg forward inside your right arm. Your left leg will follow. You'll need to lift up off your right arm while extending the left to the floor. Once both your legs swing, put your right arm back to the floor. At this point you should be balancing on both the right and left arms while lifting your back to the sky with your two extended legs pointing behind you. Swing them around to the outside of your left arm. You'll then have to shift your weight to the right arm while lifting your left arm off of the ground. This will allow you to swing both legs in front of you. The you'll have to lift your right arm again and etcetera. Needless to say, Flares need a lot of upper body strength and balance to pull off. If you can do these, then you can bring on the Lotus Flare.
  2. The differences of a Lotus Flare. With a Lotus Flare, you don't have to worry about maneuvering around your extended legs because the basis of the move is for the dancer to fold  and hold his legs together in an "Indian Style" sitting position. Don't think that it's all peaches and cream now though. Changing the shape of your body ultimately changes the mechanics of the maneuver. Regular Flares relied on upper body strength and the momentum of your extended legs to help you complete the motions of the move. With Lotus Flares, you'll be relying mostly on your upper body strength to get the move done. Not only that, you'll see that you'll have to lift your arms up higher to get your folded legs safely past them during the rotation of the Lotus Flare.
  3. Doing the Lotus. Fold and secure your legs in the sitting "Indian Style". Lift your body off of the ground with your two arms. Bring your folded legs up by tightening your abs. Now begin the rocking motion to get your momentum going. At this point, all you have to do is follow the instructions for doing a Standard Flare. Remember that this time, however, will rely more on your upper body strength and balance more so than momentum. You'll notice how much harder your muscles will have to work in order to pull of the move.
  4. Practice. The more you practice the better you'll become. The one draw back to this particular move is having to lock your legs together. You'll have to figure out to get in and out of the move quickly so you can link it to other maneuvers.
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