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Drill Team Training: Ripple Lines

Drill team training: Ripple lines can be a fun and exciting during a drill team’s routine. However…

Please use imagination during the design process! Here are some tips for a ripple line, armed or unarmed:

Direction
The direction of the ripple can go left-to-right and then back. That gets really monotonous after several passes.

  1. Left-to-right
  2. Right-to-left
  3. Center-to-end, both directions at the same time
  4. One and and the center to the other end starting at the same time
  5. Both ends to the center

Frequency
Just because it worked well at the beginning of the routine, doesn’t mean you should do it again. Don’t repeat, show more of a vocabulary in the rest of your routine.

Length
You could use the ripple line to take up a huge chunk of your time, but only if you want your audience to start looking at their email on their phone. Keep it brief and interesting.

Tempo
Variation is the key here.

  1. Increasing tempo
  2. Decreasing tempo
  3. Slow (can be less effective)
  4. Fast
  5. Super-fast

How to vary tempo:

  1. Slower: Execute your movement when the Driller next to you finishes their movement
  2. Faster: Execute your movement when the Driller next to you begins their movement
  3. Even faster: Execute your movement when the Driller one or two away from you begins/finishes

Content
Again, variation is the key!

  1. Manual of arms (keep in mind that everyone and their dog has done this)
  2. Integrate body and equipment movement
  3. Use clothing (headgear, glove removal, etc.)
  4. Simple and very fast or difficult and big (with body) can create great “wow!” effects.

Form
A straight line is great, but you can probably think of many more formations for which a ripple line would look great- so do it!

Now, watch this!

Yeah, but he just dances…

You want to get ideas to improve your foot work and/or movement in general? Watch Michael Jackson videos. Really. His ability to create movement of his hands, arms, shoulders, head, torso, legs and feet are unparalleled. Get familiar with martial arts movements, different types of dance, other Drillers and always get exercise and stretch.

What the judge looks for:

For the “What” of the performance (Range of material most compatible with the Drillers’ training)
Creativity
(Professionalism)
Horizontal and Vertical Uniformity of Technique
Exposure to error: Difficulty and Risk
Accuracy
Range and variety of moves
Phrasing/flow

For the “How” of the performance (Training to support the vocabulary*)
Control
Achievement of dynamic variations and effort qualities
Timing and Pacing
Precision
Alignment
Spacing
Consistency
Recovery

With the above and your imagination, your choreographed and programed movement will excel!

Training and practice are two different things. If one is trained incorrectly, all of the practice in the world will not correct that.