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Four colgadas

A very nice private class with Carina’s visiting instructors and favored class partner G.

Four colgadas:

1) A “linear” sort of colgada that involves a forward first (l) out of the basic and using one’s (r) to parada her close on her right in a bold kind of forward step, moving into her space, and using an impulse of intention (while firmly distributing your weight across both of your feet) and a circular counter-clockwise to cause her to go back and then come forward into a cross position.

2) A clockwise colgada: a pair of front ochos, with the second ending with a bit of an oversteer so her hips are perpendicular to yours as you draw into “close.” Then send her out, then open the shoulders after making a “triangle” with your feet. Like a boleo, this is a matter of timing, but unlike a boleo, also a matter of a shared intuitive sense of balance. Remember to pull that right back when you resolve.

3) Out of a basic (l) cause a sandwich, do the ‘triangle” and move counter-clockwise.

4). Out of a back ocho to one’s (r) the lead takes his (r) and makes a parada on the ladies back foot (her [r]) and the proceeds to make the “triangle” on this foot; inertia causes her to step back with the left, which then is free to trail during the colgada as the lead moves her clockwise.

Whew.

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Lady’s back sacadas

A private with S. today in leading lady’s back sacadas. Such fun. This will require a lot of practice to execute with elegance. The very basic lead explored was to oversteer a back ocho into your side step after the lead does a forward; in this example with his right traveling along initially with the follow’s back left; one leads the oversteered back ocho into the side step. Awesome. That initial step should be relatively a bit closer and also not entirely of the same length as the lady’s.

Sharna utters a truism: In general, resolving figures into a molineta is better, because then you have all kinds of creative options available: Ganchoes, boleos, molineta, etc.

Also work with the elusive “connection.” Great class.

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