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In this class we looked at Soltadas from the back cross. Soltadas are releases of the embrace. We break our embrace temporarily to perform a soltada.
In this class, we demonstrate both changes of direction and changes of front with an emphasis on embellishments.
We started by looking at very compact variations on the ocho cortado, for small spaces.
A baldosa is a large tile. You are considered a great tango/milonga dancer if you can dance on a baldosa (i.e. in a small area). The baldosa box is a basic and very useful figure of tango, vals, and milonga
This video covers two classes worth of material. The first was on finding the middle part of each step and being able to shift her weight back and forth between her legs without resolving the step, until we are ready. In the second class, we look at forward & back sacadas for the leaders and forward sacadas for the followers.
Here is a wonderful video by Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes on the tango embrace.
This was our second week of looking at split weight moments. Most all split weight moments involve a parada since we are at least temporarily pausing at the moment in the exact middle of our step. At that moment we can shift weight to a new leg or back to the leg we just left.
In tango, each step has a beginning, middle, and end. There is a moment in the middle when our weight is evenly distributed between both legs. We can use that moment to create some very interesting possibilities.
This step is a very famous and popular move in the milongas of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Many, if not all, of the older milongueros perform this step. The joy of this move is in the musicality and the swoosh feeling it gives the followers during the dips (changes of our vertical plane). Everytime I teach this move, it always recieves lots of positive feedback from the followers. They love it.
This step is part of our Popular Steps for the Social Dance Floor series. The interesting thing about this step is that while walking (caminata) the followers keep switching sides and switching systems (parallel vs cross) during the step.