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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Studies in Longboard Dancing: The Sixteen Cross Switch Steps

Introduction

What I explicate here is not what is commonly referred to as a “cross switch step”, which I call a “Heelside Walkup Cross Step” because it contains an extra footstep that is unnecessary and makes it incongruent with Cross Steps. It is nevertheless an impressive move that deserves its own lengthy article, because it is part of a category of 32 other impressive moves.

In accordance with CrossSteps, there are sixteen “Cross Switch Steps”, depending on stance and carve orientation.

Cross Switch Step Chart

Heelside Variants
Toeside Variants
Heelside Cross Switch Step
Toeside Cross Switch Step
Switch Heelside Cross Switch Step
Switch Toeside Cross Switch Step
Fakie Heelside Switch Cross Step
Fakie Toeside Cross Switch Step
Fakie-Switch Heelside Cross Switch Step
Fakie-Switch Toeside Cross Switch Step
Heelside Reverse Cross Switch Step
Toeside Reverse Cross Switch Step
Switch Heelside Reverse Cross Switch Step
Switch Toeside Reverse Cross Switch Step
Fakie Heelside Reverse Cross Switch Step
Fakie Toeside Reverse Cross Switch Step
Fakie-Switch Heelside Reverse Cross Switch Step
Fakie-Switch Toeside Reverse Cross Switch Step


A Cross Switch Step has four foot-steps, carving in one direction (Heelside or Toeside) for the first three foot-steps, then carving in the opposite direction with the last foot-step, which places the rider in a stance that’s opposite to the initial (Figure 01).


Figure 01


Figure 02

Cross Switch Step and Cross Step Comparison

The basic Cross Step (CS) and Cross Switch Step (CSS) moves (32 moves) can be considered as part of a genus of moves I call the ‘Cross’ category – just as we can speak of a ‘Chop’ category, a Peter Pan category, and so on. CS and CSS are mainly different in that (1) the starting foot of the common Normal-stance CS is the front foot, whereas the equivalent CSS starts with the back foot. The other difference is that (2) CSs always remain in the same stance, whereas CSSs change the rider’s stance.

The changing of stance occurs when the feet cross, which means the rider is then in a different stance and can merge the step with other moves like Sidewinders, Chop- moves et cetera that would otherwise be inaccessible with Cross Steps because of difference in stance. So if a rider usually does “Heelside 180 Step > Switch Cross Step Sexchange”, such a rider can do a “Toeside Cross Switch Step > Sexchange Cross Step instead. Both do the job of returning the rider to initial stance, but the latter is shorter ‘n sweeter.


Extension

Cross Switch Steps can be blended with other moves – like 180 Step and Cross Step moves – by eliminating one foot-step between the Cross Switch Step and the following/preceding move.


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