March-April 2015 | 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Drop-Freeze and Dolphin Dive

Photo by Bill H

Photo by Bill H

Drop-Freeze and Dolphin Dive

By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

Tip 1
The drop-freeze to the back is an important basic ground move. From a neutral standing position, dancers squat down on the balls of their feet and balance with heels raised. Remind them to keep the spine straight and the weight centered over the toes. One hand goes to the floor, a few inches in front of the toes. The hand takes most of the weight as the dancers shoot the legs backward, away from the supporting hand, to land in a one-handed push-up position. The body isn’t stiff or straight as in a push-up, though, and students should keep knees slightly bent to keep the weight distributed comfortably between the hand and toes. They hold the position for a few seconds, and then push off from the toes to return to the starting squat.

Tip 2

The dolphin dive is a ground move seen mainly in house/loft movement. From a push-up position, dancers simultaneously raise one leg in the air, tuck the chin into the chest, and direct the top of the head toward the floor. Next, as they ease down with bent arms, right before the head touches, the chin comes up, the eyes look at the ground, and the chest worms down to touch the floor. Tell students to keep their hands and supporting foot pointing forward on the floor so the move really looks like a dive.

Philadelphia b-boy Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro is a member of the Rock Steady Crew and an MFA candidate at Arizona State University. He studied with Crazy Legs and Mr. Wiggles and travels the world teaching.