Vocabulary - Take 2 - Followers - Boleo

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Maybe it's a good thing for a follower to follow a bunch of different leaders, sometimes being led into boleo and sometimes into back ocho. One of the difficulties many followers have is recognizing when someone is leading a boleo. While sometimes people lead things in funny ways, the follower still needs to understand what's going on.

Artist Name:
Juan D'Arienzo
Song Title:
9 de Julio
Album Title:
RCA Victor 100 Años - Juan D'Arienzo

Known as "El Rey del Compás" (King of the Beat), his music is played often at milongas. The instrumentals are the classic rhythmic tangos with a strong staccato dance rhythm.

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So we wanted to talk a little more about some details
about how to make boleos beautiful.
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And one of the things that women do often when they do boleos is…
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..they try to get higher by giving this way.
So they’ll do that.
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And I can’t even get high that way.
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But you don’t get to give in your back.
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You only get to go however high you can go
without giving in your back.
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Shall we show?
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So it’s that and not - I’ll do the ‘not’.
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I’ll do the ‘not’ it’ll show more.
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Yes you have more flexibility than I do.
You’ll probably do a good 'not'.
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Not that, you probably made it look good too though.
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I probably did it too big.
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So fundamentally - okay what usually
they do is this.
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Yes, that’s the good ‘not’. That's the good bad.
D. Where it's a throw.
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But another thing that I tell our students often,
when you’re starting boleos…
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..if you’re boleoing with your left foot,
aim behind your right shoulder.
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Because we want to keep the thighs tight,
as you go back.
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Show the open.
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I’m a cowboy, doing a boleo.
Nothing wrong with cowboys.
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And nothing wrong with that as a dance movement,
but it’s not exactly tango.
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But then you know there’s this huge space.
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So, if you aim for your opposite shoulder,
then that usually takes care of that.
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Who’s boleoing?
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Here you can boleo.
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I’ll boleo.
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Do you see that her thighs are very tight.
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Now another thing is that you want to have the foot pointed.
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Oh yes, people boleo with these flexed feet.
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So instead of doing this, you want to do this.
And you see the foot has the point.
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Then there are lots of things that are boleo.
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So in the first time we taught boleo,
we taught the basic basic boleo.
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But boleo is really about a snap in the hips,
doing something with your body.
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So these are all boleos.
That’s a boleo.
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That’s a boleo.
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That’s a boleo.
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Whoops, that’s a boleo with an embellishment
because I got carried away.
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Do the linear boleo.
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Linear boleo, oh right.
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So sometimes you'll send someone straight back,
so there'll be no pivot.
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So they'll just send you back.
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D: And then that’s a boleo too.
N: That’s a boleo too.
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But except for that one mostly they’re about the hips.
That’s the point.
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The turn in the hips, bang.
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Bang, it has to come with sound effects.
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Now there is one more thing,
probably the most important thing.
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N: I know what he’d going to say.
D: Yes, yes.
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You’re in these, four inched steel tipped shoes
and here you are and there’s Sam over there.
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Oh sorry Sam. Right? So be careful of hitting Sam.
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And so normally we talk about the sense that
the leader leads the woman and the follower just “follows.”
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And for the followers, that’s only half true.
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But especially if you’re doing something that may be dangerous...
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..I don’t care if he led you to boleo with Sam,...
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..you also should be responsible for knowing
where you’re going to kick.
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So David says you only kick the people
you mean to kick.
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Right, if you’re going to kick someone
do it on purpose.
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So, if he leads you in a boleo
and somebody is in the way...
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...then keep it on the floor like that.
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And that’s still a boleo and he’ll feel like
you really did what he wanted.
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And it will still be safe.