Changing Lead Leg – Killer Tips

Changing lead leg is a vital part of creating smooth choreography that flows from one leg to another.  It really is an easy concept and there are many ways to achieve this.  

Most routines to be balanced need to have an element that changes lead leg.  The most common moves that achieve this are;

 


  1. 3 knee repeaters

  2. 2 knee repeaters

  3. 4 knee repeaters

  4. Single, single double lunges

  5. 3 x single lunges and 3 marches


 

Another version uses the concept of having one 16 count combination which changes lead leg (the lead leg changer) and one combination which stays on the same leg (single leg lead). For example

 

Lead leg changer routine

 








































Counts


Lead Leg


Travelling


Movement


Facing


1-6


R


Forwards


3 x alternate taps


Front


7-8


L


Ots


Mambo


Front


9-12


L


Backwards


Cha cha cha x 2


Front


13-16


L


Ots


Revese v step


Front


 

Single leg lead routine

 


























Counts


Lead Leg


Travelling


Movement


Facing


1-10


R


OTS


2 x dbl stomp


Front and back


11 – 16


R


Ots


2 x sgl stomp


Front and back


 

Then you teach the LLC routine first and then add in holding patterns.  With the holding patterns you gradually layer the SLL routine.  This way you are changing lead leg, without really thinking about it, whilst building a smooth 32 routine.

 Some example 16 LLC routines are;

 








































Counts


Lead Leg


Travelling


Movement


Facing


1-4


R


Right


March x 2, cha cha cha


Front


5-8


L


Backwards


March x 2, cha cha cha


Left


9-12


R


Forwards


March x 2, cha cha cha


Left


13-16


L


Ots


1 x v step


Front


 








































Counts


Lead Leg


Travelling


Movement


Facing


1-4


R


Forwards


2 x knee repeater


Front


5-8


L


Forwards


2 x alternate knee lifts


Front


9-12


L


Ots


1 x mambo


Front


 

 


L


Ots


1 x reverse turn


front


 

































Counts


Lead Leg


Travelling


Movement


Facing


1-4


R


Right


Squat ball change


Front


5-8


R


Ots


Double leg curl


Front


9-16


L


Ots


1 x “boogy” step


front


 















































Counts


Lead Leg


Travelling


Movement


Facing


1-2


R


Forwards


1 x chasse


Front


3


L


Ots


1 x mambo


Front


4-7


R


Back


4 x marches turning


Full turn to face the back


8-10


R


OTS


1 x mambo


Back to face front


11-16


L


OTS


Slow v


Front

So your task is to choose one of the 16 count LLC routines above. Practice teaching it and adding a holding pattern to make up the 32 counts. Gradually layer in a 16 count SLL combination of your choice. 


If you want videos of all of the above combinations, plus loads more tips and tricks to help you teach your class a lot easier and more effectively, then click here

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