Additional Beginning Elements - Six Count Basic
- This is a great core beginning step which is very versatile. It can be turned. It can easily be danced to waltz timing.
- It's a good idea to work on hard things using easier steps. So this is a good step to use if you want to work on navigation or musicality or connection or styling or...
- Artist Name:
- Aníbal Troilo
- Song Title:
- Pa' Que Bailen Los Muchachos
- Album Title:
- Como Yo Lo Siento
- Artist Website:
(From Wikipedia): Anibal Troilo was a bandoneon player, composer, arranger and bandleader in Argentina. His orquesta típica was among the most popular with social dancers during the golden age of tango (1940-1955), but he changed to a concert sound by the late 1950s. Troilo's orchestra is best known for its instrumentals and also recorded with many vocalists.
- So we’re going to teach the six count basic now.
- And the six count basic,
how did it go?
- Well okay, we teach three different basics at least.
- And we’ve gone for a while
teaching the three different basics...
- ..and then a little while down the road,
over and over again, students will say to me...
- ..the Six Count Basic,
they don’t even call it that,
- ..they say this basic is
the only one you ever taught us.
- And we know we’ve taught them;
the three different basics, multiple times.
- But this is the one they remember.
- It’s really accessible.
- It’s not hard to understand that you go;
side, forward, forward, side, back, back or the opposite...
- ..side, back, back, side, forward, forward
and you just don’t change feet.
- N: You’ll go with the free feet.
D: So, we'll show.
- So we have sidestep and then two steps.
- Side step and then two steps.
- She goes side and two back,
then side and two forward.
- And we’re making it look a little more complicated.
It’s actually just a rectangle.
- When we take this side step and go forward,
I go straight through her though.
- So I’ll go side and you’ll see that
I’m going to step on the outside.
- But I don’t do this.
- Right she doesn’t feel loved and
we want her to feel loved.
- So instead when I go side, even though I’m stepping outside,
my body is going through her body.
- And likewise here, she keeps her body
going through mine.
- So you see it’s almost as if
our bodies cover each other.
- Now also for the ladies and
the guys actually, both...
- ..you want to think that to do that
you’re going to slice straight through your partner.
- If I do it to the camera,
it looks like this.
- And so you see the directness of the line.
- Now one of the cools things about the six count basic is
that frankly it’s reasonably easy.
- You know, you spend a little time and
you get it and then you have it.
- And that means you have brain free for
lots of cool things.
- So that instead of having to have
all your brain focused on this fancy step...
- ..and you’re like “Oh, I’ll do this.
And then I’ll do that. And then there’s this.”
- And your body ends up contorted like this.
- So instead of that, you can have the brain free
to focus on other things.
- So for example we might do different musicality.
- And that - it’s freeing and
it lets you dance more.
- So you can use it that way.
N. We turned it a little bit, too.
- Yes, yes but you have to have brain free, right?
- Also, oh I forgot to mention,
for the leaders when you’re doing this;
- ..on the second forward step you might ask the question,
"Why doesn’t she cross?"
- And that would be a very smart question, right?
- The first two steps are exactly like
the traditional eight count basic.
- And the answer is because I block her.
- So, we'll go side forward, forward.
- And right here I’m putting my left foot right,
to the immediate side of her left foot...
- ..so that she can't draw it back.
- And I go straight to her instead of outside.
- So that’s how she knows not to cross.
- From a different angle, right there.
- So you see my foot is immediately in front
and that keeps her from crossing.
- So one more time.