Swivels to suit your body shape?
Jo Hoffberg has pulled together a large collection of photos of followers swivelling to analyse their lines. I think these are just photos showing the styles Jo likes but even so the range of body positions is considerable. Interesting how subtle changes in body position and alignment can really draw attention to a dancer’s hips, legs or feet.
I think getting swivels to look good is hard. How many times have you watched social dancers swivelling and thought that’s really not a good look for you. Tall skinny women who end up looking like a spider collapsing, women whose bodies move so little that their swivel is little more than a pathetic twitch of the hips, followers look like they have wet themselves and so on. A swivelling style that looks cute on a follower who is 5ft tall and curvy might well look a bit awkward on some one who is 6ft tall and skinny as a rake. Really low down and very grounded swivels might look fantastically powerful on an athletic follow but if you haven’t got the leg strength to get up smoothly afterwards it’s going to spoil the effect.
I love watching women who swivel and really make use of their bodies and the range of movement available to them. Keeping your hips level whilst swivelling seems to be in vogue at the moment but I can think of a couple of followers with fantastic curves who really emphasise the movement of their hips and it looks fantastic on them. I can also think of one lady of more advanced years with limited movement who emphasises the stepping and weight change aspect of her swivels to great effect.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone could up with a swivel style guide a bit like the ‘which jeans suit my body shape’ guides you get in women’s magazines as a short cut? We might want to look like Laura Keat, Bethany Powell, Isabella Gregori, Frida Segerdahl, Jo Hoffberg or [insert your favourite follower] when we swivel but, just like wearing skinny jeans, their style is not necessarily one that we can pull off.