Rocking Around the Clock
Posted by terrepruitt on February 15, 2011
Nia has a list of 52 moves. A lot of Nia’s moves are moves that are from different forms of dance. I knew a lot of them already because of the different dance I have been involved in. One thing I’ve done before is just rolling around the foot, in Nia we call it Rock Around the Clock. Normally we actually STEP to or on positions as if we are dancing on clock on the ground, but for this move it is rolling on our feet, as if on positions of a clock.
With your knees relaxed and your upper body loose, rock back onto your heels. If going “counter-clockwise” you would rock to the right edge of both your feet–at the same time. Then move to the balls of your feet, rising on your toes. Then rock and roll :-) to the left edge of your feet. Both at the same time. The feet roll to 6 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 12 o’clock, then 9 o’clock. Rock around the clock. Don’t forget to rock clock-wise.
This move helps build strength in the ankles and the lower leg. A strong base is a stable base. With this move the muscles in the feet can also be exercised. Since often our feet are encased in shoes that don’t allow them to achieve the movement they are designed for, this move can help with strengthening our feet AND improving flexibility.
Nia’s Rock Around the Clock is a prime example of one of the exercises we do in a Nia class that is easy to do and results in huge benefits. If at first you find this move a challenge to your balance that’s ok, practice it holding onto a table, a chair, a counter then before you know it you will be able to rock around the clock without any help.
Update-ish: On January 15, 2015 I posted about another way to practice this move. Click here to go to Ways To Practice Rock Around The Clock.