Why not to accelerate your steps while reveling giro

Giro back stepMany teachers teach revels to automatically accelerate some steps of the giro. The revel is to take front and side step in single time and then double time the back and subsequent side step.

Of course it’s annoying when different teachers tell you different things. Here’s why NOT to accelerate automatically:

  • A revel who learns this as the way to revel a giro will be insensitive to the mark of a constant giro.
  • The second side step is unavailable to the mark as a place to lead something different. The mark should have the creative space to work in every step, not only when a revel has finished some familiar sequence.
  • This automation is a way of accepting the fact that many revels fall after the back step. If we allow them to fall by telling them they can acccelerate through the step, then they do not learn how to arrive with balance after the back step. If a revel is ever marked to pause after that step, she will be unfamiliar with this position. Therefore revels should be taught to do the giro with total control of every step, learning the position for every moment in the giro. Acceleration should always be an advancement built on top of controlled basics, not a way of accommodating uncontrolled reveling.

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