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WhatIsWhat 1.0 2003

"Wall Stall" : Documenting The Shannon Technique

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ABOVE: Classic "Wall Stall " executed in a Falling Style Shannon Technique 2010 photo : BC

The basic trick sequence involved in the "Wall Stall" from Shannon Technique is to plant the vertical 
oriented crutch ahead of your body and lift into it as you are also dropping the horizontal crutch down.
Holding onto the horizontal crutch with your armpit tightly is essential because it will be bearing weight
of the freeze which wants to push the crutch saddle out of its hold. Once your armpit is tight on the
horizontal crutch you can drop your weight into it with a hip hold or a lobar toe thread.  While you are
placing the horizontal crutch you are also dropping weight out of the lift into your vertical crutch. Your
arm over the vertical crutch should immeidately slide out of the saddle position and into an elbow saddle
hold as the horizontal crutch is now in place to take the weight. Once your hip is rested on the
Bill Shannon Technique dance street urban freestyle art performance art clowning
ABOVE:
Classic "Wall Stall " executed in a Bboy Uprock Style Shannon Technique 2010 photo : BC


horizontal crutch and your elbow saddle hold is in position on the vertical crutch you can tweak the
freeze variations while using your weight against the wall to stay secure. Here is where you grimace or
go no-handed no-footed etc. .. This holding of the freeze will be fun until your armpits bleed and the inside
of your elbow is bruised real good. all dancing hurts a little doesnt it?  NEVER QUIT To exit out of a "wall
stall" you have what I call a" rewind" in which you simply pull your weight back up into the vertical crutch to
literally reverse the move, deweighting out of the horizontal crutch while twisting your body from the wall
by pushing off of it with your rear. In the "rewind" it is ideal that your feet do not touch the ground.
The "rewind" is more demanding the the "drop out". In the "drop out" you simply put your feet down on the
ground after twisting off the wall. Both exits require a final spin out to rethread the arms back into the saddle
position on both crutches.

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ABOVE: Classic "Wall Stall " the Drop Out Exit Shannon Technique 2010 photo : BC

Bill Shannon Technique dance street urban freestyle art performance art clowning
ABOVE: Classic "Wall Stall " executed in a Pathetique Style Shannon Technique 2010 photo : BC

2 comments

 
Anonymous wrote 7 years 27 weeks ago

your show

i went with friends to see your show at weber state university and i just wanted to say i think it's intresting what you do, but you do way too much talking and explaining in your show.you only actually showed how you do your dance ect the last 15 min of the show. it would of been a much better show if you were to just explain what it is you do and were going to do then dance or what ever the rest of the time.

 
Bill Shannon wrote 7 years 27 weeks ago

talking vs dancing

the show i was booked for at Weber Statewas a lecture and not a dance performance. any dancing I do in the lecture show you saw was demonstrative. The lecture I gave was about dancing mixed in with the ideas behind the dance. if you think back through the show you will recall that throughout the 100 minutes onstage I performed numerous styles and techniques from gliding at the top of the show, to hops during the video section to power moves at the end. Sorry you were disappointed. My next solo dance performance for theater is this week in Vancouver.