How To Coin Drop - Part 1
The coin drop is a break dancing move that is mostly used to go from a toprock to a powermove (such as a windmill, a backspin, or a halo).
It's called a 'coin drop' because of the way you go down and spin during its execution.
You will be going from a standing position into a backspin position (and then back up, if you want to do that).
Once again, you want to be warmed up before you start practicing this move (even more so, if this is your first time trying it).
The starting position for this move is simple. You'll be standing straight up with feet shoulder-width apart. Your arms can be down by your side for now (they won't stay there for long).
Now what you want to do, first and foremost, is figure out in which direction you want to spin.
I suggest that you spin in the same direction as your other powermoves (if you can do any other ones). This way you'll be able to combine them together faster.
SIDENOTE: It's always a good idea to practice moves on both sides, so you can improvise with more variety and style, when it's time to throw down your skills.
The Step Out
Before throwing yourself on your back, you'll want to step out with one leg.
Step out with the leg that's on the same side as the first shoulder that will hit the ground (more of a slide than a hit actually).
This step should be out to your side and should finish with you standing with feet about 2 shoulder-widths apart.
Your weight should be mostly on the foot that didn't step out (because the foot that did step out won't be on the ground for long).
You can spread out your arms (as you step out) to help you with balance and to prepare you for the next step.
Getting Down and Collapsing
The key to getting down on your back from standing up (without bruises), is to collapse smoothly and with good technique.
Upper Body Movement
Once you've stepped out, you want to put one hand on the ground (same hand as the foot that didn't step out). Put that hand a foot in front of the foot that didn't step out, as well as a foot inside of that same foot.
Now here's the tough part... You have to take the other arm (the one that's not on the ground) and slide it in the hole between the foot that didn't step out and the hand on the ground.
The way that you slide that arm in smoothly (which will allow you to get on your back and spin) is by collapsing progressively.
This collapse should go as follows: hand, forearm, back of shoulder, and upper back. That's the order of your body parts sliding on the floor.
Lower Body Movement
Simultaneously, you also have to swing the leg that stepped out backwards (so that it will trip the leg that didn't step out, as you go down).
The swinging leg should be kept relatively straight (it will give you better form).
As one leg is about to trip the other one, you want to shift your weight onto your forearm, or back of shoulder that is sliding on the floor in front of you.
As you do this, also try to keep your head tucked in so that you don't get whiplash if you fall flat.
It's also a good idea to imagine holding a barrel with the arm that slides in the hole (it rounds out your arm and shoulder, and makes your coin drop look smoother).
The collapse gets you down without injuries, and the leg swing gets you spinning and speed in the movement.
I suggest you start off swinging that leg (the one that stepped out) fairly slowly and build up speed as you get more comfortable.
Now that you can get down, see How To Coin Drop - Part 2 to get back up from that back spin.
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