Intermediate Elements - Wrap
When you dance, know that the dancing is also communication (not just talking). The same way that you can say "what did you have for dinner?" and mean "I love you", or say the same thing and mean "I'd rather not be speaking with you", you can also say a lot of different things when you dance tango. When you do the wrap, it's particularly obvious how you can communicate. You can do the wrap in a way that's psychologically close but not necessarily romantic; you can do it in a way that says "I'm about dance, but that's all I'm about", you can do it in a way which says, "I want you now".
They are all right. The thing is, we don't want you to dance mute, where you don't say anything.
- Artist Name:
- Julia Zenko
- Song Title:
- Balada Para Un Loco
- Album Title:
- Tango Por Vos
- Artist Website:
One of our favorite singers of the modern day.
- Now we’re going to show you a wrap.
This is an iconic tango move.
- And in this wrap...
- ..what the leaders do is, you want to hook
with your right ankle behind her ankle.
- So we take a large sidestep.
- And likewise followers,
you’re doing the same.
- You take this sidestep
mirroring him and then
- he’ll hold you in this
lunge line - leaders.
- Until you’re here holding her down
in this lunge line-
- And once again we’re just waiting.
- Yes. Notice for the leaders,
I’m going to turn my left foot out...
- ..so I can shift over
even as with my arms...
- ..I’m holding her in place,
turning my body away...
- ..so that I can hook with my right leg.
- And followers, you’re just waiting
and being magnificent.
- So that’s a really big deal.
- The leaders need to understand that
the followers will wait..
- ..however long they need to so that
they be in a perfect position for this.
- And now I shift my body over,
but I don't - not hers.
- I turn my hips away but not hers.
- And then there’s plenty of time to hook
with my ankle behind hers.
- And then I shift her over her right leg
and lift up or down.
- And when I’m saying the word up or down,
up or down...
- ..it’s not my voice that’s leading her to lift her leg up.
- So if you look at my right arm,
I mean verbally it does work. It’s just not the goal.
- If you look at my right arm,
I’m going to exaggerate.
- The bottom line is his arm,
his right arm controls my free leg.
- ..and he’s going to me a very little idea...
- and I have to give him a lot
because he gave me a little.
- And, a point I would like to make is
that, for followers…
- ..so this can be more invasive
or less invasive.
- So you can be madly, passionately in love or
you can be like: he's sort of okay.
- And I’ll show you both.
- So this is going to be the guy’s leg,
here hooked around mine...
- ..and when I go to rub up adjusting his neck,
you’ll see at the bottom...
- ..my leg is along his and as it comes up,
it comes perpendicular.
- From another angle, you’ll notice that I am staying
straight up as I do this.
- And now, if I’m not that comfortable
with my very metallic partner...
- ..I might drag up like this.
- And you’ll see that I’m not really
touching the leg very much.
- N: Or at all.
D:Or at all.
- On the other hand, if we’re like an item...
- ..it might be...
- ..and you know, you can’t see the blush
for the metallic sheen.
- So you can do that at home.
- But what’s more the point is that
you can do it many ways.
- So some steps we’ll do will be
more personal or less personal.
- And I don’t want you to think that,
“Oh tango has to be this and it invades your space.”
- So there are two things.
- One thing is that your sense of personal space…
- ..to some extent comes from inside.
- But there’s a second thing which is,
you can adjust steps...
- ..to make them more or less personal.
- So if we show this one last time.