Flare is one of the most powerful acrobatic moves. It is popular in B-Boying or Breaking Battles but was originated in gymnastics.
It is easy to lose momentum when training flares. Fortunately, there are ways you can do to learn it. Before going through, get to know the different variations first and clear out a few confusing terms.
Several Flare Variants
Double Chair Flare
Flare or Flair?
The word flare is a noun and it means spreading out or widening, or something like to spread out in display. As you can see in gymnastics, the legs are spread out on display. Flare is something you do which refers to a skill, routine, or performance.
On the other hand, flair means stylishness and originality. It would be like describing skills or something you have.
While flare can be performed with flair, these two terms will never mean the same thing.
A Guide to Learning Flare
Step #1: Get your legs apart while standing straight. Bend forward and then put your right hand to the ground.
Step #2: Slightly shift your body weight to your right hand. Then bend your left leg slightly while keeping your right leg stretched.
Step #3: Once you get comfortable in this position, kick or swing your right leg. Kick your left leg forward while kicking your right leg at the same time.
Step #4: Now try to put your left hand into the ground to shift your body weight on your hands. Keep your hips up to form a V sitting with both hands.
Step #5: While you shift your weight to your left hand, push your body up then swing your left leg towards the right. Keep the legs in V shape as if you come into a semi handstand.
Points to Remember
Learning flares, no matter what variants, need patience. Keep on training to gain the skill.
If you opt for gymnastics competition you should never do a b-boy style flare to avoid deductions. While flare originated in gymnastics, gymnastics alone has specific skills and requirements.