Vocabulary - Take 2 - Leaders - Basic
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- So we’re going to do this new series of chapters about…
- ..take two on technique.
- And this is especially satisfying because
now we get to tell you...
- ..all the thing we wanted to tell you
at the beginning.
- We’re going to start with the basic.
- In this basic you’ll see, that on my first step,
for the leaders…
- ..I turn my right hip back. From another angle.
- And I pull this hip back so I can better face her.
- So for example if this - if you’re my partner
and you’re following me…
- ..and I step side, and then I go like this,
turning to my left…
- ..that takes me away from my follower.
- But if I pull my hip back, then I can use that
to come back to her…
- ..as we take, outstep her.
- But that pulling the hip back business
is really hard…
- ..because you have to be thinking about
- ..and at the same time, thinking about
your hip going back.
- So it’s really the only way to do it.
The only way I could get it was by practicing a lot.
- Second thing, after the side step, pulling the hip back…
- ..to create the cross, this is an unusual lead
and what I want you to be aware of…
- ..is this idea that because you’re the leader,
you have this luxury of...
- ..knowing what you’re going to do in advance,
so you can set it up.
- So if I’m the follower.
Yes, she goes - so I’m doing the girl’s part now.
- She goes side, back, back.
- And on that second back step,
you want her to cross behind her left shoulder…
- ..or from this angle, behind her left
shoulder a little bit.
- So if she steps out over that way,
then you really have to work to get her to cross.
- But, if she steps this way, the foot can just slide in.
- And so as a leader, what I do is I am conscious
of the fact that…
- ..on my second forward step,
I step a little bit into her space.
- I step a little bit to my - over my right shoulder.
- So if I do the leader’s part, I go side,
- Just a little bit crossing and that will
shift her right foot back.
- So that’s the first part.
The first part of the second thing.
- You can tell we really like technique.
- And then that will open her right leg,
so that now all she has to do is…
- ..shift her left leg, straight back in front of it.
- And that will make the cross much easier.
- Now after that, for the leaders, I want you to imagine
you have the follower in your arm.
- Imagine. You have the follower in your arms.
- And so as you do this, if I show with my chest
- I’m going to exaggerate…
- ..I’ll do it both facing the camera and away.
- Here she is to my side, here I shift her over.
Now look what happens.
- As I shift over my left foot,
I turn back to front.
- And it’s this turn in my chest, as I shift forward
which gets her to cross.
- So there’s a two part lead.
- Step a little to your right, just a hair
and then as you shift up…
- ..turn your chest back to front.
- So this seems like phenomenally difficult to do.
- And I practice it in the mirror over and over,
in my sleep to try to get -
- ..whoops, that position.
- She practices as the leader.
- As the leader,
I’m talking about leading.
- However the really cool thing about it is
that at this point because I have it…
- ..most of the time I can get followers to cross
even when they don’t know to cross.
- Because there is just so much power in the
combination of them stepping…
- ..into themselves and your straightening
your chest like that.
- Yes. Now the final thing, that I would like you to be
aware of, leaders, is that…
- ..often times when a follower crosses,
she doesn’t go all the way to the ball of the foot.
- And it’s a great shame and I want it to be
completely the follower’s responsibility.
- But at the same time, it’s also completely
the leader’s responsibility.
- So after she crosses here, I want you to think
where ever she puts her foot down,...
- ..you need to shift her body over the foot.
- So in this case I’m going to shift her body
a little bit this way…
- ..and then we’ll go on.
- And so being all the way over will let her
go on and finish that basic.