Feet are parallel, flat on the floor with the ankle aligned over the center of
the foot.The pelvis is neutral (not
tilted forward or back) right under the ribcage.The abs are pulled in and up, to support the
spine and allow the mid-back to relax.The knees are bent right over the toes, chest neutral, neck long,
shoulders and hands relaxed.
Stand in Neutral Posture and push the hips up and down (not side to side) using
muscles in the upper legs, not the waist.Keep your weight on both feet and pump knees in opposition to each
other, but do not allow them to fully straighten.Shoulders and hands are relaxed.
Neutral Posture with feet and knees nearly touching, step from foot to foot,
pumping your knees to move your hips sharply up and down with the beat.When you step on the right foot, the right
hip goes up, and vice versa.
Shimmy Posture –
A slightly leaned back posture so that the body forms an inclined line from the
knees, through the hips, and up to the shoulders.The feet are parallel the with knees bent
directly over the toes.Make sure you
have an even distribution of body weight over the whole of both feet.The abs are pulled in and up to keep hips
neutral, reduce the arch in the small of the back and lengthen the spine.Keep chest neutral (not pushed out, nor
slumped back), shoulders relaxed and down.
Hip Drops – Stand in Basic
Shimmy Posture with one heel lifted, both ankles straight.Both knees pump sharply and smoothly to the
beat to move the hips up and down (not side to side).Do not allow the shoulders to wiggle or the
head to bob up and down (this is usually caused by locking the standing knee,
or by moving the hips using muscles in the waist instead of the thighs).
Standing in Neutral Posture, push the hips up and out to one side then the
other, making a “smiley” with the bellybutton, but keeping the head, chest, and
shoulders still.3/4 Shimmy
(right-middle-right, left-middle-left), make sure that “one is as big as two.”
Swing Hip – Stand in Neutral
Posture with feet shoulder width apart.The standing foot is parallel, other foot has the weight on the inside
of the ball to keep the ankle straight, belly button makes a “smiley” that
curves up to one side.
You risk injury if you do not keep hips
neutral, knees bent and ankles straight!
Standing in Neutral Posture, hold chest still while tilting hips forward and
back using muscles in the pelvis and inner thighs as well as in the lower back.
A very tall posture with chest lifted and pushed slightly in front of the hips,
knees nearly but not quite straight, abs up and in, neck long.The pelvis is in a slight tuck forward so
that it is pulled back behind the chest without allowing the rear-end to stick
Hip Lifts – Stand in Egyptian
Posture with all your weight on one foot.While bending the standing knee, pull the opposite hip up using muscles
in the waist and back of the hip.Then drop
the hip by simultaneously relaxing the waist and pulling back on the standing
knee.Repeat, keeping your height level
and shoulders still.
on your R heel while pulling your hips back, then put the ball of the R foot
down while pushing the hips out to the R, then push the hips forward while
shifting the weight to the balls of both feet, then shift your weight to your L
foot while pushing the hips to the L.Repeat, circling the hips outside the body column, stepping heel-to-toe,
toe-to-heel, while keeping the head in one place.Reverse.
Note: with all twisting movements, weight bearing knees must be kept bent at all times or you will injure yourself!
Standing in Neutral Posture, twist your hips forward and back, keeping the hip
movement in one plane (hips do not move not up and down).The hands, shoulders, and chest remain
relaxed and still.
Twist Hip – Stand in Neutral
Posture with all the weight on one foot, standing knee bent, other knee
straight with toe pointed.Twist the
hips while keeping the hands still.
Stand in Neutral Posture with the knees and feet turned out, R foot flat, the L
foot on the ball.Simultaneously
increase the bend in the R knee while swinging the L hip up and forward in an
arc by twisting the L knee in and pulling it back).Then pull back slightly on the R knee while
swinging the L hip down and back (by twisting the L knee out and allowing it to
bend more).Keep your height level and
the hands still.Repeat on the other
You risk injury if you do not keep your
knees bent and ankles straight!
In Neutral or Egyptian Posture, push one shoulder forward while pulling the other back,
then reverse and repeat.Keep the hands
and hips still!
Standing on both feet in Neutral Posture, keep the hips inside the body column
as you push one hip up, then do a Pelvic Tilt forward, then the other hip up,
then Pelvic Tilt back.Repeat, keeping
the chest and shoulders still.
In Neutral Posture, slide the chest, shoulders, and head from side to side,
keeping the shoulders level and the hips still.
Neutral Posture, tilt the shoulders by contracting muscles that go over the
ribs just under the armpit and behind the scapula, keeping the hips, belly
button, adam’s apple, and head still.
Neutral Posture, lean the shoulders and chest to the side using muscles in the
waist.Keep the upper spine straight so
that your head moves from side to side with your shoulders.
Step-Hip: Begin in Neutral or
Basic Shimmy Posture, knees bent with ankles and knees aligned.Step forward onto the R foot on 1.On &, place ball of L foot near R foot.On 2, push the L hip up while bending the R
knee.On &, bring the L hip back
down.On 3 step forward L and reverse
Hip Pulls: Begin in Neutral
Posture, feet parallel, knees bent, L foot flat, R heel high, and keep that right ankle straight and strong!The L arm is up in a graceful arc, and the R
arm is curved out to the right at about waist level.The hip movement is half way between a Hip
Swing, and a Hip Drop with the accent up instead of down.The faster you go, the closer it will get to
a Hip Drop, but don’t let that hip movement disappear as you speed up!Place ball of the R foot a little out to your
right, then shift all your weight to the ball of the R foot keeping the R ankle
straight and strong, and simultaneously push the R hip up by pulling back
slightly on the knee with the long muscles of the R thigh.Step the L foot next to the ball of the R
foot, then Swing/Drop hips back towards the left and shift your weight to the L
foot.Make sure your height stays level
as you do this.
I certification signifies proficiency in the techniques and steps presented in
Level I PiperMethod™ classes.On average, people require about a year of regular class attendance
along with home practice to achieve Level I proficiency, although this varies
greatly from person to person.Students
certified at Level I are fully ready to take Level II classes, and eligible for
participation in Level II choreographies at Daughters of Rhea Recitals.
For certification, you will be required to perform requested techniques and combinations of steps from those listed above.Level I participants are
evaluated as a group. Testing is filmed, and the 10 page evaluation is made from the film footage. Participants must wear their hair up and form-fitting clothing so that posture and body alignment are clearly visable. DO NOT WEAR BLACK OR WHITE for testing as they do not show up well on video. Please note: Certification is not required for classparticipation at any level, and
participation in Evaluation does not guarantee certification at any level.