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How to Do a Back Spin in Break Dancing

Learn how to do a back spin from Kid Glyde of The Dynamic Rockers in this Howcast dance video.


All right, here we go. We're going to do the back spin. This is how to do a back spin. It's a basic power move, but it's very crucial for all your power moves. We're going to start it off with the pilot position, pilot/tabletop. Remember, so many different names for all these different moves. We're going to do that little hand glide, and then we're going to go right into a windmill position.

Here we are. Tabletop, once we put our hand here, we're going to use the momentum to spin on this part of our hand, and slowly go onto our shoulder. Check it out. Here we spin, shoulder, onto our back. That's a back spin. Now, how do we get onto our shoulder? That's the hard part. Once we get on our shoulder, we're going straight to our back.

Here, what we're going to is once we spin, we're going to pick ourselves up a little bit and then slide our hand like that. We're going to slide our hand up to our forearm onto our arm, and then right onto our shoulder. Easier said than done. Here we go. Hand glide, shoulder, back spin. Let's do it faster. Here a little, back spin.

You want to get a stronger whip, you would have to do it on top, which would be like this. That's a back spin, my friend. Once you get onto your back, after that whole motion that I just showed you, it is very important that you have your legs open and you gradually bring them in. You want to go from an open position into a ball. You want to be like a little ball. And, you want to be on your spine. Basically, you want to be on your spine, because like I said, just like physics, the less surface area that you're spinning on, the faster you go.

You don't want to be on your whole back. You want to be on a little tiny part of your back. You want to crunch in as much as you can. Here we go.

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