If you're not extremely flexible, your not going to be able to learn how to Reverse Air Baby. "Reverse Air Baby"? It's as complicated to do as it is to say. Mr Fantastic would have a tough time pulling of a good Reverse Air Baby. One thing is for certain though. You need to have experience doing Side Chairs, A Bridge (for stretching and balancing purposes) and a normal Air Chair to be ready to attempt a Reverse Air Baby. The Reverse Air Baby has to be one of the hardest Freezes ever… At least until the next "hardest" move is created. Well, there's no use stalling any further. For your consideration, how to do a Reverse Air Baby.
- Stretch. Don't do anything without stretching everything. Everything. Hell, stretch your fingers. For those of you that have never seen a a Reverse Air Baby, you'll understand shortly.
- You've got to sit in the Side Chair. The only way to warm up for a Reverse Air Baby is to do the Side Chair. You get in the Side Chair by balancing all of your body on one arm securely tucked into the side of your ribcage and your obliques. Your wrist should be pointing forward with your hand spread pointing behind you. You need to lift your torso up so your opposite side is facing the sky. Extend your arm to the sky and poke out your butt while pulling your thighs close to your abs and keeping your legs in a seated position. You may need to contort your torso to help you balance as well. If you can hold this Freeze for a while the it's time to attempt the Reverse Air Baby.
- Minor differences mean a lot. Nine out of ten B-boys will admit that the Reverse Air Baby is a more difficult Freeze than the Side Chair. They would also have to admit, however, that if you can pretzelize yourself into the correct formation, it's actually a little easier to balance in the Reverse Air Baby. This is because of the added support you give your balancing hand and the change in distribution of your weight.
- The Reverse Air Baby. Make sure you've thoroughly stretched your legs. OK plastic man, take the leg that's on the same side as the arm you're going to balance on and pull your shin behind your thigh so that your knee is pointing outward. Secure your foot in the fold of your balancing arm. Yes, you read it right. Pull your foot to your arm and plant the toes of your foot into your balancing arm. To do this, you'll naturally have to stretch and arch your torso. Now lean onto your balancing arm. Stretch your off arm past your head for balance and extend your unused leg outward. To give you an idea of what you should look like, your body should be shaped like a "T". You remember how you poked your butt out in the Side Chair for balance? Well, this time you want to suck it in and squeeze the cheeks. You'll notice, once you actually get to the point where you're balancing, that it's a little easier to hold this pose up because of your folded leg adding support to your balancing arm.
Practice. Yeah this is a hard one. Lots of stretching and dedication is the only way to get this move down. Then comes the conundrum of figuring where to throw this awkward move into a dance routine.
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