How to Do an Arm Wave

The arm wave is one of the fundamental moves in the dance of popping. The arm wave consists of a series of movements that shows the wave traveling through the body.

Steps

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    Hold out both arms and form the shape of the letter "T".
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    Begin at either end by starting with the first step of pointing your wrist downwards.
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    Lift up your arm and point your elbow upwards. Your wrist should be back at the starting position.
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    Lift your shoulder and straighten out your arm at a diagonal.
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    Stick out your chest as far as you can without hurting yourself, but enough to show the wave moving through across your arm.
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    Continue to the other shoulder and lift it while the arm of the lifted shoulder remains straight at a diagonal.
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    Put down your shoulder and lift up your elbow.
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    Straighten out your arm and point your wrist downwards.
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    Bring wrist back up to form the "T" shape.

Tips

  • Don't worry about how many or how fast your arm wave is. Quality over quantity.
  • Practice step by step and continue through the movements once you feel comfortable enough.
  • Start out slow in front of a mirror if possible. It's better to practice it the correct way the first time through.
  • Your entire arm should remain as relaxed as possible.

Warnings

  • There shouldn't be any major injuries for this move, or any injuries at all.
  • Be sure that no one is in your way so you do not smack them in the face when you start the wave.
  • If your arm gets tired, take a break.

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