August 2022

Forums Monthly Challenges August 2022

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    • #11288
      Silks Stars Team
      Moderator

      Option 1: Single-Arm to Stand-Out Star Drop
      Option 2: Single-Arm to Stand-Out Half-Turn
      Share your comments, questions, and work from this month’s combination below!

    • #11293
      Yvan
      Participant

      Oh là là what an exquisite routine! ❤️

    • #11297
      Jill.b.lovin.aerial
      Participant

      WOW! WOW!! WOW!!!! 🤩

    • #11306
      Ogie
      Participant

      What a cool and powerful new choreo, and great to see Brandon Scott again as guest instructor.

    • #11356
      Auriol
      Participant

      This month looks like a fun challenge!

    • #11373
      susi
      Participant

      I love this choreo, I hope I can find the time and a place to practice it! 😍😍

    • #11383
      Jenny
      Participant

      WOOT! very exciting choreo to work on….I Ama big fan of Brandon’s style!

    • #11418
      Elleb
      Participant

      Oh Wow!! 🤩
      So excited about another Brandon Scott challenge! Can’t wait to get started.

    • #11426

      @14:33 when Brandon says “Now here’s the tricky part” 🤣… I would counter there are a few tricky parts before then 😉

    • #11441
      Yvan
      Participant

      Hi!
      I have a question regarding “the tricky part”. I usually manage to “force” the move by squeezing the leg through. Somehow it feels as if I am not able to clear my butt which then gets on the way of the rond de jambe blocking the rotation. I attach a small video from that section (my best attempt so far) and maybe you have some guidance for further improvement? Maybe the height of the arms? Or the coordination between extending the hip and adducting the leg?
      Thanks a lot!! 🙂❤️

      https://www.silksstars.com/community/yvanlp/media/2717/

      • #11446
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        Yes, definitely try with a higher reach for a bit more clearance!

    • #11447
      Beatrice
      Participant

      Hello! Here’s my best attempt, from my second practice session tonight. I’m pretty happy with how it’s feeling so far, and have to say I especially loved the drills this month! Was a bit worried about the wrist lock sequence as I have a janky right shoulder, but after doing the ground workout and shoulder drills, everything feels super happy even after running through the sequence multiple times. Thank you Brandon!

      Couple of comments/questions:

      1. Wrist lock – I’m still really struggling to get the lock on cleanly. This is probably mostly just needing more practice, but I also feel like I’ll fall out of the thigh lock if I reach up higher or use my other hand to help get the lock. Any advice would be very much appreciated!

      2. Sioux Sioux – when initially doing the twist I got knee pain in my supporting leg, though this went away with turning the supporting leg out more and really leaning down to get the pole across my hips rather than back. Is there anything else i should pay attention to or avoid to prevent this pain?

      3. The tricky part – like Yvan, I struggled with the ronde de jamb and feeling like I had enough space. I found it worked better when I really pushed back with my glutes, then crunched sideways to make more space, however it’s definitely still not clean. Sometimes my foot also gets stuck in the tension lock (example in video). Any tips would be wonderful!

      I’m sure I’ll have more questions (esp once I get up to refining the drop) but this has already been so much fun to play with. Thanks again!

      • #11448
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        Brandon will go over all these great questions in next week’s Q & A!

    • #11453
      Ogie
      Participant

      Hi, Great to see Brandon again, and what a nice choreo, I love the hanging on one arm part and the pose before the wheel down. One question about the shoulder turn in the Sioux Sioux lock, when you are hanging on your left arm and need to rotate your shoulder past the pole (see picture). I have not a lot of backbend nor shoulder mobility, I place my hand as high as possible, but I feel a strong friction on my wrist and shoulder. Any tips to smoothen this?

      • #11454
        Ogie
        Participant

        shoulderturn

      • #11459
        Ogie
        Participant

        Placing left hand high and Keeping elbow straight helps. If i bent my elbow i limit the range of motion in my shoulder.

    • #11455
      Ogie
      Participant

      Second question for the last part, before the wheel down. when you hang with the pole behind your back handsfree. My center of gravity is towards my shoulders, my upper body has the tendency to go down while my legs go up… i backbend as far as I can…. Any tips?

      • #11456
        Ogie
        Participant

        hands free hang

      • #11458
        Ogie
        Participant

        I figured this one out. Backbending and looking up really helps me.

      • #11460
        Ogie
        Participant

        Big thank you to @yvanlp for giving these tips

    • #11457
      HaleneW
      Participant

      I’m excited for another Brandon challenge…he clearly has a Silks Stars fan club here 😆 This looks like it will be a bunch of fun. My challenge thus far has been the wrist lock (not necessarily getting into it unless I’m doing it wrong). The dang thing hurts my wrist while hanging from it and is very uncomfortable. Not sure if it’s because my wrist is so tiny (it’s 5.75″ around) or if it’s just how the wrap is sitting on my wrist. I’ve thought about getting the wrap on and then holding above the ‘pillow,’ but that seems like it would be a bit grippy? Any suggestions?

    • #11461
      Cathy
      Participant

      I’m also having difficulty with the arm hang portion. I can get into it but it’s very aggressive on my wrist. Then I have trouble transitioning from that and getting my feet over my other hand on the silks. I’m not sure if it’s a strength or leverage issue but I’ve been just climbing out of the wrist lock after a few struggle attempts to transition. I’m going to need every day this month to practice this one!

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