An Intro to Technique - Line of Dance
- Artist Name:
- Joe Powers
- Song Title:
- Mi Dolor
- Album Title:
- Amor de Tango
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- So we’re doing this chapter with
a bunch of friends.
- Let me introduce you.
- This is Sally and Hugo.
They're college students.
- They’ve been dancing tango a year and
they are very excited.
- And here is Lorraine and Bob and
they just started tango.
- Their children just left the home.
- They just bought a house at the beach.
- They’re very excited.
- And over here we have Albert and Linda.
- And Albert and Linda,
they’ve been wanting to dance their whole life...
- ..and they’ve finally started,
only six months ago.
- But they’ve been doing really well.
- And so we’re going to dance with them socially.
- Oh I’m sorry.
- Oh we should go.
- That’s horrible.
- Yes, that's bad.
- Ah, oh.
- What do we do?
- We’ll wait.
- Let’s wait.
- Maybe they’ll move.
- They’re not moving.
- Right? So this is obviously about
line of dance...
- and the instinct is - the reason
you go in line of dance,
- Well actually it's like this.
We were doing the wrong way...
- ..was because you don’t want to hit people.
- And so in theory
we’re all moving the same way.
- But the fundamental idea is just that
you don’t hit people.
- You look where you’re going.
- They’re all going to watch for a while.
- Yes, they don’t want to dance with us
- Yes, I think they’re mad at us.
- But, so stereotypically you’ll be here...
- ..and you can use weight changes
- Right? So let's say we’re walking forward
and then we see...
- ..“Oh, I guess we better weight change
and maybe we can find a new direction.”
- While we wait for Albert and Linda
to move out of the way.
- And we might just move ourselves,
but in this new direction.
- Stereotypically you move for a while
and then you’re stationary for a while.
- You might do something like the basic
- ..and then you might do something like
front ochos, which is basically stationary.
- And always moving...
- D: This way around the circle.
N: ..that way around the circle.
- So we, for example can walk
and you can see...
- ..just by walking we can curve it.
- So just think you can walk forward
and you can curve it.
- That’s one way to change directions.
- And likewise for the lady.
- Another way is with rocks.
- So you don’t have to rock linear.
You can also rock and turn.
- So you can rock like this without turning.
- But we can also rock like this and turn,
until you can face the direction you like.
- And then finally, my favorite way,
you can do weight changes and turn.
- So we can just weight change from one foot to the other
and then slowly turn.
- And that will let us avoid,
all these couples who are all around us.
- Coming at us like bullets.
- Socially also, you rarely go backwards.
And when you go backwards...
- ..you want to look backwards,
to make sure you’re not hitting anyone.
- So for example when I went -
remember when I hit our second couple...
- ..I hit them because I went back like this
- And it’s okay to go back.
- But make sure you don’t go back
a ton of times...
- ..and make sure you look
to make sure you’re not going to hit anyone.
- So you’ll be like this.
- "Okay, it's safe to go,"
and then you’ll take a back step...
- ..or maybe you'll make it a smaller back step.
- Usually we go forward and to the left because
that’s where the guy can see.
- So I can see over here.
I can see over here.
- I can see over here.
I can’t see back there.
- So you have three tools to avoid people,
- You have this idea that you go
where there aren’t people.
- So also if everyone in the room...
- ..there are 40 couples and they’re all over here
and there is no one over here...
- ..I give you permission,
you may break line of dance and go over here.
- No one will mind.
- If you go over here because
this is where line of dance is...
- ..that's sort of silly
because you’ll just make it worse.
- Generically though, that won’t happen.
- So think you do go around this way,
travelling and not travelling...
- ..travelling and not travelling,
using these to navigate.
- Here’s a demo using our three couples,
who after hearing us talk about this feel suddenly safe.
- So here they are.
- They’re dancing blissfully ignorant of the fact
that we’re here.
- So here’s our basic and I’m like
“Oh we’re getting close to them."
- "Let’s just abort and change weight and
find a new direction.”
- And then we can go on walking.
- Maybe here's" ochos and we say,
“Oh we’re getting close to someone.”
- And so I can, for example rock,
til we face a direction that’s safe.
- And now this is a safe direction,
we can carry on.
- If they don’t move we might stay here
for a while...
- ..and weight change or something.
- But if they don’t move,
then we’ll go around them.
- Here’s media vuelta.
- One of the things with media vuelta,
it turns us so I'm going back to the line of dance.
- So I look that way.
I make sure no one is there.
- And so that’s how you would navigate around the floor.