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How to Do an Air Glide aka the Gremlin or Flagpole

Learn how to do the b-boy trick the air glide aka the gremlin or flagpole from choreographer Victor "Kid Glyde" Alicea in this Howcast breakdancing tutorial.


Whassup, everybody. My name is Kid Glyde. I'm the leader of the Dynamic Rockers, pretty famous B-Boy. I travel around the world, I organize events. I've been dancing for 15 years. So I think I'm pretty credible to teach you. Be positive, be strong, let's do it.

Right now, I'm about to show you one of my signature moves. I called it air glide. It's also called a gremlin or flagpole. This was before I knew what it was because, I was pretty young when I first did it. You know, I was like a teenager, probably 16-17 and I actually did the move by accident. Me and my pop's were like, "Yo, what is an air glide?" You know, after all the glides we made up. So, that happens a lot with moves you know, people make up moves, they don't know that it was already done, and they just put names to it. So, right now I'm going to show you the air glide and it's basically me putting my hand down like this and just spinning around my hand. My hand stays stationary as I spin on it and my legs, I mean my whole body is just spinning around. Alright? It's pretty insane.

So, I'm going to start real quick, kind of like I'm about to do a flare alright? I put my hands down, (my palm down) and right away with no momentum, (I create some momentum), and I just spin around like that. Alright? So, watch it very carefully. So, palm on floor, and I spin around. Alright? Let's do it again. And watch how my body is kind-of tight and my hands up in the air trying to counter balance my weight. Alright, so that was a pretty fast version. You can do it slow, you can do it fast depending on how you want to do it. So, you just saw the air glide, one of my favorite moves, and try it out!

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