Milonga Typical Combinations - Pivot, Inside Leg

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  • What's important to make this step work?
  • The pivot needs to be somewhat snappy. Use muscles to make the pivot pull in tight and then have the looser movement in your back make the hip accent more.
  • It's the stretch through the body that creates the rebound.
Artist Name:
Juan Carlos Caceres
Song Title:
Toca Tango
Album Title:
Tango Negro
Artist Website:
http://www.juancarloscaceres.com/

(From the website): Possessed by a strong magnetic tellurism, Cáceres was always to be found within the limits of the hurricane’s eye.

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And the luxury of that step is it's not as hard as it looks.
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Which is always a good thing.
00:24
Yeah, usually they're harder than they look.
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What we do first, let's talk about the transition to get into it.
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Normally, you're doing some sort of milonga step, whatever, let's say the crab.
00:39
And then, right here, instead of stepping forward, you want to step side.
00:43
But when you step side, you don't want to step straight side, for the leaders, you want to step side and open her.
00:48
Right, so I'm turning her, as I step side.
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And that's our prep.
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And then, we can go inside leg.
00:57
For the followers, as you turn, make sure you keep your right arm forward enough, so you can use that.
01:03
So, keep forward pressure on that right arm, and use that to pivot you.
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If I don't press on the right arm, then nothing happens.
01:08
Right, you know, her body doesn't really move, it's just her arm.
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So, that's your prep.
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Now, once you're here, for... For both people,really, I want you to realize that there can be this wonderful snap.
01:23
So, if you see, in our arms, she's going to resist here, and this will let her pop her body.
01:30
And so, there's this pressure, and then you let the spine bend. So, the hips go all the way to one direction, then all the way to the other.
01:36
Which, in David, is more bending than I've got.
01:38
Right. I'm sort of doing almost too much, so I can make the point.
01:42
So, in slow motion, we've got: open side, go forward.
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And now I'm going to pull with my left arm, she's going to pull with her right.
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Snap, and come back.
01:54
And when we come back, we switch weight.
01:56
Yes.
01:56
And that's hard.
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The snap comes because the body reaches its natural end.
02:02
Right? So, as you watch the body go, it's like the spine twists all the way, and then, when it can twist no more, it rebounds back.
02:13
So, we have: open, forward,
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Pivot, pull, snap, rebound,
02:18
Change weight, go forward.
02:21
And that weight change happens at the peak.
02:23
And the reason you know to change weight...
02:26
So, milonga is a very different dance from Argentine tango.
02:29
And in Argentine tango, it's like the follower doesn't change weight, unless the leader leads it.
02:33
In milonga, that's, like, half-ways true.
02:35
So, when in doubt in milonga, you go...
02:38
Nancy: Well, I think when in...
David: one, two, ...
Nancy: Yeah, when in doubt in milonga, you change weight on every beat.
02:43
So, that's all we're doing in that step is we're snapping. And that's the end of the beat, so we change weight.
02:47
Right.
02:47
Where's in tango, when in doubt, you do nothing.
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Right.
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So, we have...
02:59
Or, from the other direction.