How To Indian Step - Toprock Moves
The indian step is the most basic toprock move. Anybody can do it, but you need rhythym to do it on beat.
Start out by learning this move, then learn some other toprocking moves to add some variety to your routines.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
Don’t do anything too wild with your arms just yet (we’ll get to that). Have them down by your side at this point.
Step 1 : Step Out in Front
Take one leg and step out in front of (and across) the other foot (about a foot or so in front). You should step on the beat.
Most of your weight should be on the stepping foot. Leave the ‘non-moving’ foot where it is for now.
Your weight should always be on your toes (or the balls of your feet) when you do this (it will allow you to move and change directions faster)... so don’t be flat-footed.
Step 2 : Bring It Back with a Hop
Now take the leg that just stepped out, and swing it back to the original position.
As you do this, you can do a small hop (off the foot that didn’t step). You can practice with different size hops (every time you return to the original position), to add some variety to your indian step.
When you land back in your starting position, it should also be on beat (all steps should land on the beat, or half beat, or quarter beat).
**Not doing this move on beat will ruin the mood of your dancing, so really try to feel the music when you dance.**
Step 3 : Repeat on the other side
Now that you know how to step out, and how to bring it back to the starting position, you can keep it going by alternating sides.
You should be able to do it without too much trouble (since it’s pretty simple).
What To Do with your Arms
Different bboys like to do different things with their arms when they top rock.
The most basic way to add arm movements to your indian step is the following:
- When you step in front and across, open up your arms (like you’re about to give someone a hug).
- When you hop back to the starting position, bring your hands together (in front of your chest).
It’s a good idea to add your own variations to this move, because bboying isn’t about everybody doing the same thing.
Practice in front of a mirror and find original ways to add your arms to this move(that looks good and adds style).
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