Claim Your Bubble
Movement and dance are what doing Crystal Stix is all about. Claiming your bubble, as we call it, is a great warm-up move as well as a dance move that we like to include in our workouts.
Claiming the bubble is that wonderful ability to have complete flexibility of your body. How we do this with the Crystal Stix is to do a cork screw twist with the legs and body while keeping the Stix in motion – even the simplest beginning Stix move will do. To get the corkscrew twist – stand with feet shoulder width apart and the knees slightly bent, rotate your feet to the right, the body will naturally follow – continue twisting your shoulders until you feel tension – that's the spot to play awhile. Repeat the process to the left.
DO THIS WITH CARE – DO NOT TRY TO STRETCH TOO FAR BEFORE YOU ARE WARMED UP – JUST TILL YOU FEEL A SLIGHT TENSION.
The intent of this exercise is a gentle loosening and de-stressing of the body. Claim your bubble means claiming all the space around your body – having the flexibility to do this – and bringing all of your attention and energy into it. Doing this with Stix has your upper body in full motion and your lower body lunging, twisting, and springing at the same time. This really concentrates a lot of energy release into a little bit of time. The more moves you can do, the more real fun it is. Being able to twirl the Stix up over your head and down the other side while spinning your body around to the music is pure joy and well worth the effort to get there.
Claim Your Bubble in Motion – The Stix Dance
By Janet Vestal
Dancing with Crystal Stix is a unique art form. Music, of course, is the main ingredient. One great thing about dancing with Stix is that it's OK to dance alone! This comes in handy when there is no partner available – and you just have to move. A favorite spot for Stix players is an outdoor concert. From jazz to alternative – all music is good for Stix.
To start, all you need to know to dance with Stix is the basic tic-toc. Then you just move your feet and throw in a claim your bubble stretch now and then for variation. Dancing is so much fun – we find it's the easiest way to learn to do Stix. Once in a while, at Renaissance Fairs, musicians stop by and I get to let go and dance. Someone always asks me “how long did it take to learn that?” I answer “I've always danced with my Stix even just doing the tic-toc. Every time I play I try something a little harder – dropping it a lot in the process.”
Some people get to twirling in just a few days. I feel like I get better and more fluid every time I play. So I say you're always in the process of learning, and I guess I was doing it from the start. Please don't hold back and think “this is too hard” or “it will take forever-” it isn't and it doesn't. Just start right now with the tic-toc in a rhythmic and creative way, get into the music, and let yourself go!