Cyr Wheel

The Cyr wheel has only one rim and moves fall into 3 categories, Spinning and Spiralling and Linking moves

Spinning is where the wheel and the performer rotate around a substantially vertical axis and the performer does not turn upside down.  There are many variants such as holding with one hand only, holding with no hands (the top of the wheel held between the upper arms and the back of the head), spinning using one or no feet.  The wheel can also be spun while the performer remains facing the same direction, but turning the wheel with the hands and the feet.

Spiralling can be split into to two categories, Big Spiral and Small Spiral.

Big Spiral. the wheel is rolling with the performer inside and the performer releases the the grip of each hand in turn as they come to the floor.  The locus of the point of contact of the wheel with the floor is a circle of a diameter larger than the diameter of the wheel.

Small Spiral The wheel is at a lower angle  than with a big spiral i.e. more nearly parallel to the floor and the motion is rocking rather than rolling, like a spinning coin shortly before it stops.
The locus of the point of contact of the wheel with the floor is a circle of a diameter smaller than the diameter of the wheel.

Linking moves.  There are a number of linking moves which can be used to link other moves together or to link sections of a routine.  One such move is the ‘double change’, where the performer stands vertically on the bottom of the rim with the wheel leaning well forward.  Using the feet, the wheel is alternately swung from left to right and back, catching the rim momentarily with one hand at each  side of the swing.  Other linking moves can be done with the performer releasing the wheel and causing it to perform spirals on its own, before being caught again to continue with a routine.