For the second episode of #AskErin, we have this question from Daniel:
Powermove wise, what powermoves do you recommend that is easier to learn first as a beginner?
#AskErin is a series where bboys and bgirls around the world can, well, ask Erin anything about breaking itself! If your question gets us thinking, if we truly enjoy it… We’ll choose yours and put up a video response to you!
So, this is a pretty common question for a beginner to ask.
What are the easier powermoves to learn?
After teaching for so many years now, I know a lot of people have this question.
After all, one would want to master something that is way, way easier to learn than to dive into the deep end and struggle with a difficult move.
Plus, beginners usually do not have the right foundations to learn such complex moves anyway.
Anyway, click ‘play’ on this video to watch my answer:
Personally, I feel that you should start off by learning swipes and windmills. And I think you should learn them hand-in-hand, or one after the other.
After you have mastered both your swipes and windmills, you can go ahead and learn flares.
So you’re going to learn your powermoves in this order:
Everything else comes after once you have a basic understanding of powermoves.
So, after hearing my recommendations, your question might be:
Why swipes first? Why should you learn swipes first over the other powermoves? Don’t people always learn windmills first?
Swipes are a great powermove to master because it teaches you 2 main things:
- How to lock your hips
Learning how to lock your hips will help you understand how torque is generated, and also how you can use centrifugal force to generate spin around your body.
Imagine a pencil with its sharp tip against the table and you try to spin it standing up. A pencil with a mid-section of say, some soft gel will not spin as well and wobble in 2 split sections. That gel is analogously your hip, if you do not control and lock them.
- How to swing your arms
One of the main reasons for learning how to swing your arms is to generate maximum momentum from the swing while maintaining a locked elbow (like in swipe) so you don’t crash your face into the ground because your elbow buckles.
After you master swipes, you should learn windmills.
Windmills will teach you 2 main things:
- How to swing your legs
The ability to control and swing your legs will be super useful in learning other powermoves that require you to generate momentum using the swing, for e.g haloes, flares etc.
- How to catch yourself back in a freeze
Being able to catch back into a freeze opens up a world of opportunities for you to transit. From here, you can transit into more complex freezes, the second round of windmill, other powermoves or even footwork.
Once you have these 2 powermoves down pat, it will then be easier to progress and learn flares.
However, I do also know a lot of people who learn flares or air flares first.
That’s perfectly up to them. We’re all different and this is my recommendation.
The main thing I want you to understand is this:
By actually learning certain moves, like swipes and windmills…
You can actually create a basic understanding of your body, which will help you improve on your other moves. It’s Pareto’s Principle in practice.
Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist in the 1800s who discovered that a tiny number of pea pods in his garden produced the majority of his peas. After further study of the distribution of wealth in Italy and many other countries, he discovered the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, the principle that describes the law of unequal distribution in the world. Basically, 20% of a select one thing accounts for 80% of that thing. Applying this rule to learning breaking — that also means that 20% of powermoves will teach you the skills required for 80% of all powermoves.
Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist in the 1800s who discovered that a tiny number of pea pods in his garden produced the majority of his peas. After further study of the distribution of wealth in Italy and many other countries, he discovered the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, the principle that describes the law of unequal distribution in the world. Basically, 20% of a select one thing accounts for 80% of that thing.
Applying this rule to learning breaking — that also means that 20% of powermoves will teach you the skills required for 80% of all powermoves.
Once you have this understanding of your body, work on it furthermore.
Make your basic movements stronger.
Learn how to lock your arms. How to lock your legs. How to swing your arms and legs. Where to look. How to spot.
And all of this will make you a much much better dancer, and you will learn to be wayyy more efficient in learning more advanced moves.
I hope this clears up your question.