In this two-part series, we’ll explore some ideas and concepts for growing your weaker side, working toward additional mastery for both sides. The side effect is you’ll be a better dancer, without directly using your dance practice time.
Before doing that, let's confirm your dominant side by looking at this fascinating graphic. (Most of you probably looked at it already, because it does catch the eye, and using a female silhouette provides endless fascination for most guys.)
Which way do you see the dancer turning?
Most people will find that a silly question, because the answer is so obvious. Show this to a few people, though, and you’ll be amazed at what they say. It’s a great conversation starter!
Some people will note she’s turning clockwise, some counter-clockwise ('anti-clockwise' for our international friends). The interesting thing is the graphic never changes, but different people will see her differently. A few will say she never changes and others who see a change will swear that the graphic itself changes every so often. By design, the graphic plays to your strengths.
Your first impression answer to the “which direction” question provides an insight into the way your brain is wired; either right or left side dominant. If you return to this graphic a few minutes, hours or days from now, you’ll notice that your first impression of her spinning direction is consistent each time you look again.
The interesting thing is many people (not all) can see her spinning the other direction after staring at the dancer a while. I look at her standing foot as it meets the shadow foot for 10-30 seconds or so, with a soft focus, and can see her start turning the other direction. Others will notice her change direction while they are reading this text, without directly watching her. Initially it took me a few minutes to change her rotation, then once I knew it was possible, the time reduced. Now I can regularly change her direction within a few rotations.
While I find this concept fascinating, as dancers we want BOTH sides of our brains working together. Knowing your starting point is helpful. Most people spend their whole life as right or left handed, then when dancing work toward both sides being equal.
Stronger dancers work to improve the symmetry of their movements, and there’s plenty you can do off the dance floor to accelerate this process.
Please let me know which direction you see the dancer spinning first via the comments, and if you can get her to change directions easily.
Part 2 of this article outlines some ideas and exercises for improving your weaker side. I’ll have that article up ASAP.
For more details on the right/left brain dominance implied by this graphic, check out the original article from Perth Now. This article has appeared on multiple websites. My source is the PerthNow version from Australia
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