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The Origin of the Flare The first Flare was done by Canadian gymnast Phillip Delassal in the mid-1970s It was seen and bit by American Kurt Thomas and competed at the World Gymnastics Championships The skill is often referred to as a Thomas or a Thomas Flare because he was the first to use the skill at the World Championships but props need to be given where they are due and Delassal was the innovator of this now common trick The Flare is a modification of the most basic element on Pommel Horse the Double Leg Circle Often Breakers will refer to the DLC as a legs together flare but this is a mistake since the Circle has existed for well over a century The Flare is a straddled Double Leg Circle The Flare was first done on the Pommel Horse then taken to the Floor Exercise by gymnasts and then to the dance floor by Bboys No Bboy should ever be ashamed of the origin of any of our moves We have borrowed moves from many styles of human movement and other forms of dance A perfect example is the Swipe which is borrowed from an African tribal dance Bboys have done things with these moves that never occurred to those at the source and this originality is the heart of Bboying Terminology 1 The Double Leg Circle DLC The Double Leg Circle is the basic gymnastics element performed on Pommel Horse and it this movement on which the Flare is based The legs are together and straight as they perform an elevated circle in the horizontal plane During the entire performance of the skill the body is suspended on the hands 2 The Delassal or Thomas Flare A DLC performed in the straddle position 3 Front Support
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