Stand with your arms at your side. With one arm, face your wrist to the center and sweep your arm up in front of your body (leading with the wrist). When you get to shoulder level, start to bring your elbow up, so that your arm encircles your head. Keep moving your palm around your head and down your cheek (not actually touching about 2-4 inches away). Your elbow will naturally move inward. As you get to your chin, push your hand across your body and sweep it back down to the starting position. In the end, your hand will have traced a paisley design or half of a yin-yang. Practice this movement several times with both arms.
To combine, begin the movement with one arm. As your hand begins to come down, start to move your other hand up. Your arms will cross in front of your body – the arm that’s moving down should be crossing to the back. After you’ve crossed your arms the first time it is very easy to want to move into snake arms. Remember these two things… 1) When your hand gets to the bottom, it reverses direction to go back the way it came (instead of continuing to a circle). 2) When your arms start to come down, keep your elbow in tight (almost forcing your hand to frame your face) rather than letting it swing wide, out into snake arms.
Hip Circle Walk
We’re going to start this movement with a basic hip circle, then add elements to bring it up to a walk.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Without bending at the waist, push your hips as far as you can to one side. Next, push your hips forward. Then push to the opposite side, and finally to the back. Push your hips to each of these four directions several times, then smooth the motion into a circle. Throughout this movement try to keep your torso as still as possible. Make the movement a little smaller before adding the next steps in.
Get to where your circle size and pace are comfortable. As your hips circle around to the back and your weight shifts to that leg, slightly lift your other foot and put it back down as you shift your weight back. That will be your “step,” but for now keep it in place, just practicing lifting the foot and “stepping” either to the beat of your music or at a steady pace. When you are comfortable with that, start taking small steps in the direction of your “stepping” leg. As you step your other leg will lift up and step as your weight shifts back to the other direction. This is the “together” part of a step/together movement. If you get lost in your steps, go back to standing in place and lifting your foot then try again.
If you’re daring and want to try and switch directions, you can add a “touch” after a step. After you touch you’ll switch the direction of your hip circle and your “stepping” foot will now be the one that “touched.” (But this is just if you feel like pushing it! :)) So you’ll end up doing step-together-step-together-step-together-step-touch (other direction) step-together-step-together-step-together-step-touch.
Start with your feet shoulder width apart, hands on your hips. Push your rib cage forward, then lift it up and around until you can’t go back any further. Now, let your rib cage sink back down so that it’s perpendicular to the floor again and go back to nuetral. Practice this movent a few times. Make it as big as you can. You’ll feel your pelvis wanting to rock forward and back in opposition to your ribs… let it happen. This is what creates the lower body movement of the camel. If you start to get lost, slow down. Think of the forward and back movement… chest forward, hips forward, chest back, hips back… forward, forward, back, back…
For this forward version of the camel walk, we’re going to use the step/together concept to guide our movement. Start by going as far up on your toes as is comfortable, arms out for balance, and just taking a few steps forward slowly. As you do, start to think about pushing your chest out as you “step” and returning it to nuetral as you come “together,” like with our chest pop walk. It should almost feel like prancing. As you get a rhythm going, let the movement become graceful and flowing.
Start with your feet slightly apart. Cross your right foot in front of the left, turning the right hip forward. Step to the side with your left foot. Now cross your right foot behind the left, turning your right hip back. Step to the side. Cross forward, step to the side, then step back into beginning position (this allows you to prepare to move in the other direction). Cross your left foot infron of the right turning your left hip forward, step to the side, cross your left foot back, step to the side, cross your left foot forward, step to the side, the step back into beginning position.