Additional Beginning Elements - Rocks

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  • Something we'll add here (that we haven't told you), many things in tango are smaller than they look. But they feel at least as big as they look.
  • By having a snug connection, tight to one's center (more about that later), the rock can feel very clear and significant, while the motion isn't that large.
  • While it's always true that connection makes everything better, this is especially true for rocks.
  • If you're having trouble with rocking, the videos about rocking will help, but so will the videos about connection.
Artist Name:
Aníbal Troilo
Song Title:
A Fuego Lento
Album Title:
A Fuego Lento
Artist Website:
http://www.troilo.com.ar/

(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.

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In this chapter, we’re going to teach you
how to rock.
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And to define, what is a rock?
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A rock is like this… where you’re just going
back and forth between your feet.
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But it’s remarkably hard actually.
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And unfortunately - yea-
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And unfortunately it’s one of those steps that really
you’re sort of expected to know earlier on.
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So we’re teaching it to you early,
even though you’ll suffer a little bit.
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It’s the best kind of suffering.
00:29
So to begin with, as we rock...
00:30
..leaders, you want to make sure
you have a firm hold...
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..so that your bodies move as one.
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And it will go forward, but not all the way…
00:36
..and back and not all the way.
00:37
So you’ll just go backward and forward
between your feet.
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And it’s very common to turn softly as well.
00:44
Now some comments.
00:45
I want you to think about the rock almost like
water sloshing in a bowl.
00:49
The water goes ‘Woosh, woosh.’
00:52
And so you’ll go over and back
and over and back.
00:57
And so you’ll see you’ll spend most of the time
actually at the ends...
01:00
..as you rush through the middle
like the water in the bowl.
01:12
Now, some things to avoid.
01:15
One thing is that often times the ladies will
go to their back foot too much.
01:20
And then for the guys,
you don’t hold her tight enough.
01:22
And we’ll show you the bad and
we’ll show you the good.
01:24
Yes I’m good at this bad.
01:26
Well you’re good at the good too.
01:27
Yes, thank you.
01:29
So here’s the bad and you see how
she’s pulling hard.
01:33
Yea.
01:34
So she’s pulling me back.
01:36
It’s like “Whoa” and then he almost falls over
forward if he is not ready.
01:43
So instead notice how as she goes back,
she still keeps her energy forward towards me.
01:47
Not just my energy,
I keep my chest forward too.
01:50
Yes, both.
01:52
Now for the leaders, there’s this instinct...
01:54
..I hope it doesn’t make the microphone
make too much bad noise...
01:57
..but of not holding close enough
and tight enough.
02:00
And so what happens is...
02:01
..if I don’t hold her very tight
and I’m sort of like this…
02:05
..as we rock it’s like “Boing, Boing.”
02:08
D: She’s bouncing between -
N: This is not fun.
02:10
N: That's enought of that.
D: She’s bouncing - yea.
02:11
She’s bouncing between my back arm and my chest.
02:13
And so it’s like “Bang, bang, bang, bang.”
02:15
So instead think you hold her firmly.
02:18
Really firmly.
02:26
And then that way, there’s no slack or
looseness in the system...
02:30
N: Banging.
D: ..so she doesn’t ricochet back and forth.
02:32
As you’re practicing this at home,
even if you don’t have a partner…
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..I want you to realize that the
quality of the embrace of your partner…
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.. that you can keep a tighter hold,
so there’s no slack
02:43
..or that for the ladies...
02:45
..that you can be conscious of staying forward
with your chest towards your partner…
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..that you can do this even without a partner,
in your mind, and this counts.
02:52
Watch, he’ll do it without a partner.
It’s a great idea.
02:56
Not as fun as with a partner
but it works.
03:03
See, you can see me right there.
03:05
Right, I’m really holding someone
and then I rock.
03:10
D: Or we can do it with a partner.
N: And now you can still see me rocking there.