HEADSPINS 101: Beginner guide to headspin mechanics & form
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HEADSPINS 101: Beginner guide to headspin mechanics & form

Learn foundational techniques and drills to execute the headspin position, for all experience levels of dance & fitness.
5.0 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Rachel Savage
Last updated 8/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Recognize the headspin position
  • Use basic drills to train the headspin and achieve proper form
  • Know how the upper body and lower body work together to help you move in the headspin position
  • Practice core exercises that target muscles that will help you hold the headspin position
  • Use appropriate placement of hands and legs while in the headspin position
  • Learn different ways to start the headspin
  • Learn how to practice the headspin position safely
  • Get answers to commonly asked questions about headspins
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  • No prior dance experience necessary
  • Hold a headstand comfortably for at least 10 seconds (If you will be training the headspin position)
  • Have a smooth surface with enough room to do a headstand
  • Have a beanie or helmet

Ever wondered how people are able to spin on their head?

Ever wanted to learn how to start a headspin?

Inquiring minds, this course is for you!

In Headspins 101 you will learn each component of the headspin position in easy to follow steps. The continuous headspin is an incredible feat of coordination and disciplined training, known as a 'powermove' in the culture and dance of breakin (also known as breakdancing), and has been performed and popularized by bboys and bgirls all around the world.

This instructional allows you to understand the basic building blocks of the headspin and grasp the foundational physics involved in executing it. Upon completion of Headspins 101 the mystery of how dancers are able to pull of this incredible move will be revealed and you will have techniques you can practice to achieve the basic headspin position. This course is meant to be accessible to people of all skill levels and fitness backgrounds, however, to start training the headspin position it is required that you be able to hold a headstand for at least 10 seconds.

Course material includes:

  • Key drills to efficiently train your body to start the headspin
  • Correct arms, legs, and back positioning in the headspin position
  • Core exercises to help train the headspin position
  • Practicing the headspin position safely and efficiently
  • Commonly asked questions about headspins

This course is an hour and 15 minutes of fun headspin education!

Who is the target audience?
  • Those that are interested in the mechanics and form of the headspin
  • Beginner Hip Hop dancers who want to learn and train basic headspin techniques
  • Fitness enthusiasts, dancers, yogis, calisthenic practitioners, crossfit, etc.
  • Anyone who wants to take their headstand to the next level
  • Anyone who appreciates movement
  • Those who want some insight into the Hip Hop dance world
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Curriculum For This Course
7 Lectures
Headspins 101 Instructor Demonstration
1 Lecture 01:38

Here's the instructor, Bgirl Savage, performing headspins in different settings.

Preview 01:38
Headspins 101 Training
6 Lectures 01:13:48

Understand the importance of warming up and stretching out before headspin practice.

Part 1: Warmups & Stretches

Learn four drills that target different parts of your body for headspins, recognize different ways to get into the headspin.

Part 2: Drills 1-4, getting into headspin.

Learn how to combine the different headspin drills together and apply them to the actual headspin, also learn drill #5 which is the most advanced. 

Part 3: Combine drills, Drill 5, Leg Positioning

Get answers to commonly asked questions about headspins, also learn about the importance of leg positioning in this move. 

Part 4: Review, questions, cool transition

Get answers and insight to other questions about headspins, learn the importance of hand positioning in the headspin.

Preview 12:33

Be reminded to have fun while learning any new move!

Headstand Play
About the Instructor
Rachel Savage
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3 Students
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University of Utah Hip Hop Instructor. Bgirl/fitness trainer

Rachel Savage aka Bgirl Savage discovered her passion for hip hop dance at the age of 15. There were no opportunities for hip hop instruction where she grew up in Bremerton, Washington so she taught herself bgirling (also known as breakdancing) by reading online written tutorials and watching the few breakin videos she could find (before youtube era). She diligently practiced by herself in a small apartment for three years. After moving to Utah at age 18, however, she was able to expand her knowledge of dance by getting to practice with other dancers and learn other styles of hip hop like popping. She joined a Bboy/Bgirl crew called the “Blowup Kingz” and started competing in battles and doing performances with them. It was her teenage dream come true to be a part of a talented dance crew.

At age 19 Rachel started a break club at the college she was attending, the University of Utah, and began teaching any students that wanted to learn. She also began organizing performances at school functions and charity events. At age 21 she started teaching a hip hop class under the fitness department at the University of Utah and built a hip hop program there that didn't exist before. Students can earn 2 college credits for her semester long hip hop class.

Over the years of attending college Rachel expanded the Break Club with school funding and created a dance competition called "U Got Skooled" and hosted workshops from professional out-of-state dancers, all the while organizing free weekly practices for college students. Her commitment to sharing her passion with the University contributed to a sizable scholarship award her senior year as well as an internship offer.

After graduating from the University of Utah in 2012 with two degrees in Finance and Psychology, Rachel had a difficult decision to make. Accept a lucrative investment banking career or follow her dreams of a dance career. Ultimately she decided to go with her passion and started a dance/fitness contracting business called Savage Hip Hop, LLC.

Rachel began working out teaching contracts with the YMCA, After School programs, summer camps and the Salt Lake Housing Authority; this led to 20 different schools providing hip hop dance. Rachel finds teaching the most rewarding factor about being involved in the hip hop culture as she’s providing a service she wishes would have been available to her. The heart of her business is to provide dance instruction to underserved demographics. Her proudest accomplishment in her dance career is the implementation of a hip hop program in two youth rehab centers where the true healing effects of hip hop dance and culture can be seen so powerfully.

This passion for positively impacting the youth led Rachel to meet hip hop pioneer and bboy legend “Lil Cesar” who started the world’s first Hip Hop school of Arts in Pomona, a unique technical/trade program to transform each student's creative energy into marketable skills through education, guidance, and self-expression. Rachel was asked by Cesar to join the well respected LA based "Airforce Crew" he founded in 1984, at this point in her career she felt like she had accomplished most of her dancing dreams that had infused her teenage years with excitement and hope. Rachel was proud to be invited into a crew with such a rich and innovative history, and just as proud of her local Blowup Kingz crew. She began taking regular trips out to California to volunteer with the Hip Hop School of Arts and grow with her crew. Rachel is all about using hip hop to uplift communities so she loves helping with projects that have this mission.  With great zeal she will continue to spread the hip hop love. Peace, love, unity, and having fun.