How to Do a Fan Kick

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It is easy to learn the fan kick and polish it to display with your next dance routine. Just follow these steps.

  • Begin by stretching properly and then warming up your muscles. Performing a fan kick requires a certain amount of muscular flexibility and fluidity. You don't want to injure yourself on the first try.

  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. A fan kick can be done with either leg. If you are right-handed, you will probably find it easiest to kick with your right leg. The directions that follow indicate right leg kicks. For left-leg kicks, reverse the directions.

  • Hold your arms gracefully by your sides or parallel to the floor.

  • Point the toe of your right leg. Swing this leg in a clockwise circular motion. Your leg should swing left, then up and then back down to the right. At the end of the swing, return your leg to its original position; alternately you can end in a graceful lunge, with your left leg in front and your right leg behind you.

Tips & Warnings

  • Kick as high as you can. The higher the fan kick, the better it looks.
  • Stand on your toes on the stationary foot. This looks more graceful and will make a kick seem higher.
  • Practice makes perfect so practice many time. It may help to attach ankle weights to your kicking leg. If you can execute a beautiful kick with weights strapped to your leg, imagine how good the kick will look without the weights.

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