While each discipline has its own unique characteristics there are basic attributes that are across the board.
Each item will have a certain beat and speed, some items have tempo changes. It is important to ensure that the timing is accurate. The change from one action to another is also part of the timing. A good group have the actions synchronised as well as the foot work.
Footwork helps with timing. Different areas have different styles of footwork, some areas lift the foot and some areas donÂ´t. It is important to recognise and appreciate different areasÂ´ styles, as this reflects their tikanga.
The way a performer holds themselves is also important. Confidence, comes over time.
Wiri - trembling of the hands
The wiri is a side to side movement of the whole hand and is not a wriggling of the fingers.
The wiri represents the world around us, from the shimmering of the waters of a bright sunny day, to the heat waves rising from the ground to the wind rustling the leaves of the trees.