An Intro to Close Embrace - Ocho Cortado

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There is a good video by Oscar Casas which shows ocho cortado and many different things you can do. It seems very fun to us.

Artist Name:
Juan D'Arienzo
Song Title:
La Comparsita
Album Title:
Juan D'Arienzo - Rca Victor 100 Anos CD

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, as we do this, this is ocho cortado,
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and the lead is hard
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I know, but it's really fun for the follower. And you can do it in either close or an open embrace.
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Yes. So first...
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We're going to give you a little bit of an intro,which is not entirely necessary, but it'll help make this step easier.
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So we start it like the basic, side,
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Oh, sorry, I forgot, close embrace, yeah
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So it goes side, through, rock and return
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So the first two steps are like the basic, and after that we do a small rock, it's actually a check-step.
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Side, through, check and through.
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And on that step, when we're outside partner here,
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I'll actually take a smaller step, and she'll take a smaller step, because otherwise our thighs will bump,
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and we'll get in to much in a way if you try to take a big step on that one step.
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And then right there our opening shall reach a step side around me, that opening comes from the turn of the right side of my body,
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It goes side, through, check and step
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Right here, I do it not only with my upper body, I do it... there.
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So I'm actually bringing my right foot open and almost to my left foot, sort of like a Charlie Chaplin
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I'm sure he was a good dancer
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I'm sure he was
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And then here you'll see the opening of that foot
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Now, afterwards make sure she knows to cross, I'll shift a tiny bit to my heels,
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which brings to a hairfold, I'll turn her around her axis,
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and I'll take her back over the line between my left shoulder and her right shoulder.
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And then I'll shift her back to cross.
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So, roughly speaking, when she's here in a side step position... Let's do it sideways to the camera...
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When she's in...
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This is not sideways to the camera
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Oh, frontwards to the camera
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When she's here in a frontwards side step position,
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if I took her that way, that would take her back.
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If I took her that way, where it's going in front of her standing leg, and I rotate her,
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that takes her into the cross, and that's what we're doing.
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By rotating her, as we're taking the line of her free leg in front of her standing leg.
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It is hard to learn, but once you learn - it is kind of fun.
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And then I'll step way through.
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And there's also lot of places where the guy could put his free leg, and bents in a lot of cool ways
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That, once again, will be a later chapter.