I’m going to give you a challenge. I want you to consciously reflect on how you are thinking while you interpret and reproduce a foot-based dance pattern. You will get this pattern in two forms, one of them completely language based, the other in grid/map form. PLEASE try the word based one first and then, and only then, follow the link to the image.
Step One: Language based
Note: Where you're facing when you begin is "front." All directions are set from this initial orientations, like a compass rose on a geographical map.
Beat 1: Jump, split right foot front, left foot back
Beat 2: Jump, split right foot front right corner, left foot back left corner
Beat 3: Jump, split left foot front left corner, right foot back right corner
Beat 4: (simultaneously) turn 90 right, slide left foot to meet right foot in back right corner
Step Two: Map based
Follow the link to the map image.
Step Three: Report back here in the comments section, PLEASE!
Your honest observations of your thinking/decoding/doing process will be incredibly helpful. If you have an opportunity to convince a child to try this out, I'd be even more grateful.
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I appreciate your time and comments!
Edited to add: It's really not scary. I'm happy with anything you want to report, including if you were confused. TRULY! It's all grist for the mill and extremely helpful. Give it a try!!