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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Studies in Longboard Dancing: Blending Cross Steps with 180 Steps - Part 01



Figure 01


Combining Cross Steps with 180 Steps

There's a lot of unique stepping variations that can come about when blending any of the 16 basic Cross Steps with any of the 16 180 Steps. By "blend", I mean doing a Cross Step followed immediately by a 180 Step - or alternatively, doing a 180 Step followed immediately by a Cross Step.

A typical Cross Step has four foot-steps, and usually carves in one direction (i.e.: Heelside or Toeside) for the first three foot-steps, then carves in the opposite direction with the last foot-step, which returns the rider to default-stance. In Figure 01, a Heelside Cross Step is followed by a Reverse Backside 180 without the feet returning to default-stance just before the 180 Step is executed. Eliminating the last foot-step of the Heelside Cross Step blends the Cross Step and 180 Step into sort of one move by beginning the 180 Step one foot-step earlier.



Cross Step and 180 Step Compatibility

I've found that some Cross Steps work better with particular 180 Steps than others - if the rider wants to maintain smooth continuous carving while dancing. Here are the smoothest and most generic combinations that I've found:


Cross Step – 180 Step Compatibility Chart

Heelside Cross Step Moves
180 Step Moves
Heelside Cross Step
• Fakie Switch Toeside 180 Step
• Toeside Reverse 180 Step
Switch Heelside Cross Step
• Fakie Toeside 180 Step
• Switch Toeside Reverse 180 Step
Fakie Heelside Cross Step
Switch Toeside 180 Step
Fakie Toeside Reverse 180 Step
Fakie Switch Heelside Cross Step
Toeside 180 Step
Fakie Switch Toeside Reverse 180 Step
Heelside Reverse Cross Step
Toeside 180 Step
Fakie Switch Toeside Reverse 180 Step
Switch Heelside Reverse Cross Step
Switch Toeside 180 Step
Fakie Toeside Reverse 180 Step
Fakie Heelside Reverse Cross Step
Fakie Toeside 180 Step
Toeside 180 Step
Fakie Switch Heelside Reverse Cross Step
Fakie Switch Toeside 180 Step
Toeside Reverse 180 Step



All the above Cross Steps Heelside. There's eight of them. I've tabulated the eight Toeside Cross Steps separately:

Cross Step – 180 Step Compatibility Chart

Toeside Cross Step Moves
180 Step Moves
Toeside Cross Step
• Fakie Switch Heelside 180 Step
Heelside Reverse 180 Step
Switch Toeside Cross Step
Fakie Heelside 180 Step
Switch Heelside Reverse 180 Step
Fakie Toeside Cross Step
Switch Heelside 180 Step
Fakie Heelside Reverse 180 Step
Fakie Switch Toeside Cross Step
Heelside 180 Step
Fakie Switch Heelside Reverse 180 Step
Toeside Reverse Cross Step
Heelside 180 Step
Fakie Switch Heelside Reverse 180 Step
Switch Toeside Reverse Cross Step
Switch Heelside 180 Step
Fakie Heelside Reverse 180 Step
Fakie Toeside Reverse Cross Step
Fakie Heelside 180 Step
Switch Heelside Reverse 180 Step
Fakie Switch Toeside Reverse Cross Step
Fakie Switch Heelside 180 Step
Heelside Reverse 180 Step




Notice how the 8 Heelside Cross Step moves all depend on the 8 basic Toeside 180 Steps, whereas the 8 Toeside Cross Step moves below all depend on the 8 basic Heelside 180 Steps. Beautiful symmetries! For instance, the Heelside Cross Step and Fakie Switch Heelside Reverse Cross Step are both compatible with the Fakie Switch Toeside 180 Step and the Toeside Reverse 180 Step. And so on.

Trying to blend the other Cross Steps with 180 Steps in a way deviant from the tables above results in exciting moves and variations so weird and wonderful that they're quite hard to describe. So I'll restrain myself from discussing them till I've sufficiently tinkered with them myself. Hehe.. Actually, it's the 16 Cross Steps multiplied by the 16 '180 Steps', to give a total of 256 variations! And depending on how one eliminates the foot-steps that link the Cross Step move to the 180 Step move, and whether one starts with the Cross Step move or the 180 Step first, there are even more than the 256 variations - double that, if not more!! Don't underestimate the possibilities of Longboard Dancing!

I'll end here and continue with a 'part 02' article that gets into how to incorporate other trick categories such as Peter Pan tricks, Sexchange tricks and advanced Cross Step tricks.

Keep Dancing!


6 comments:

  1. Hello TheseusMinor !!

    Thank you for all your work, your illustration help me a lot to improve my combo!! Do you think it could be possible to have the same illustration but for regular people?

    Enjoy your ride!!

    Michael.

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    1. Hi Michael, I'm super-glad these articles help you!
      I've currently considering ways to make the pictures Regular friendly. For now, What will work for now is horizontal-flipping the image as a saved jpeg in some picture viewer program, I guess. Haha

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  2. Maybe I could help you to make these pictures??

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  3. Hey!! Yes I can use photoshop but I'm not an expert :) I will try your horizontal flipping tips this weekend!! I have free time this is winter for me :)

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    1. Howdy,
      I forgot about you! Please mail me at: apatheseus@ymail.com
      I've got a good plan..

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