How To Breakdance: Headspin

Headspins are a trademark move of breakdancing, and one of the easiest of the power moves to learn.  Like all breakdancing moves, Headspins can be dangerous if done improperly, so be sure to wear a helmet when practicing, and stretch before and after practice.

  1. Start on your knees, leaning forward onto the top of your head.  Place your hands on the ground in front of you, sixty degrees in each direction, so your head and hands form an equilateral triangle.  Kick your legs up and directly above you, so all your weight is in your head and hands.  This position is called the tripod position.  Practice balancing in this position until it is easy to remain still for extended periods of time, which also builds up your neck muscles.
  2. While upside down, spread your legs ninety degrees, and while keeping them open, twist your hips clockwise as far as you can.
  3. As fast as you can, untwist your hips while keeping your legs spread and your balance centered.  As your body begins to spin, pull your hands slightly off the ground.  As you begin to stop spinning, place your hands back down on the ground into tripod position ("tapping").  Your head and torso will stop first, with your legs slightly lagging behind in rotation.  After you've stopped slightly, continue to whip your legs counterclockwise to continue to spin.
  4. Initially, practice spinning for short distances, constantly tapping and returning to the tripod position so you can re-cock your hips to continue spinning.  As you gain momentum from multiple taps, you'll find it is easier to maintain balance, until eventually you can pull your hands from the ground completely and continue to spin.
  5. To increase speed while spinning with no hands, pull your arms closer into your body, and pull your legs together directly over your body.  Be sure to always be ready to put your hands back into tripod position to catch yourself as you begin to fall over.


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