Kilgore College Rangerette Secrets by Asst. Director, Shelley Wayne
Kick down the floor, as we call it, using exercise/practice kicks…step, kick, walk, walk, step, kick, walk, walk… Put your team into lines of 6 according to height and have them kick from one end of the gym or practice area to the other. First, have them kick waist level to serve as a warm-up for staying in line while moving. Then, have them repeat the same process only kicking as high as they can! Once they have mastered this combination, add a section of jump kicks in between each walking pattern to build stamina.
Continually emphasize the following: ·Keep chins up at all times unless choreography dictates otherwise ·Prep with feet together ·Once the kick leaves the ground, both legs should be straight ·Point toes and refrain from using too much turnout ·Maintain proper torso alignment (no hunching forward with the shoulders or sinking of the abdomen) ·Push to get kicks up on time and Pull them down (do not allow anyone to float them down) ·In practice, have everyone say HIT as the kick hits its peak point. This helps with timing and motivation. ·Work on all types of kicks (straight, corner, graduated, flex, and fans) using the above techniques. A helpful hint to make fan kicks look prettier is to have them HIT the rotation at the 45-degree angle. This way, you can truly see that it is a fan kick. ·Have your team turn and face the side and kick on a line. This will help them stay in line with one another and enable you to look for those who hunch or have bent legs. ·When executing kicks to the diagonal, have them turn their hips to that direction so it appears to be at a different angle when it's really just a straight kick! ·When working on levels and tricky footwork, have them stop on every count to check for body angles and precise placement. ·If you perform in boots or wear any type of hat, make your team wear them to practice. Boots and tennis shoes are hard to point if you don't practice it, and hats can accentuate improper head and body placement and chins not lifted. The #1 secret is…stamina, stamina, stamina! Kick everyday!
Commitment, dedication, and repetition are the keys to success! Shelley Wayne Assistant Director of the Kilgore College Rangerettes