Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Dance of Tennis

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"Tennis is a dance, and the ball is your partner."
David Bailey, Australian coach, footwork specialist and creator of the Bailey Method. Bailey has been cited in the New York Times, "Federer Exerts His Power from the Ground Up", August 30, 2009.

Tennis indeed is a dance. . . the "split-step and go", the "heel-to-toe" weight transfer stepping into the ball, recovery steps, and more.

Coach Bailey has developed a universe of 15 dance or "contact moves" in tennis - essentially an athletic movement in striking the ball.

Here's a brief and entertaining video clip where kids demonstrate many of these moves. . .

Enjoy! Gary

The Dance of Tennis (choreographed)

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