Practicing at Home - Intermediate Vocabulary for the Leader

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Just remember: Practice makes perfect.

By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task completely overwhelm me. Ashleigh Brilliant

Artist Name:
Orchesta El Arranque
Album Title:
Tango
Artist Website:
http://www.orquestaelarranque.com.ar/

(condensed from their website): Started in 1996 with young musicians, Orchesta el Arranque has performed in 250 cities internationally.

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Leaders, for some of your intermediate vocabulary,...
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..here are some different things you can do by yourself.
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First for the gancho: gancho, bang, she hits,...
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...there's two different co-ordinations.
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The first co-ordination is where you're taking her,
from center to back,...
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...and the second co-ordination
is when you're pivoting her on her axis.
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And you're doing these two co-ordinations
at the same time.
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So you're doing - that.
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And so, what I'd like to do at home,
is to practice one, the shift,...
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...and then, two, the pivot. And then, three, putting them together.
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Now this is remarklably similar to boleo.
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And so, doesn't everyone have, at home,
a folding chair?
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They're all like, "no."
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Well, we have them in dance studios.
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And so, you get something that's akin to a folding chair;
it doesn't have to be the same.
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And, in boleo, there's this idea that you're going to
throw the woman and stop her...
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..when she's balanced on one leg.
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So she starts out, if I'm the girl,...
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..on two legs and you throw her back, bang.
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So, here's the girl, balanced on two legs...
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..and you're going to throw her back and stop her
when she's vertical.
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And, the instinct is to stop her too late
and she's off her axis.
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So, I want you to do this with a very female chair.
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And go: wham.
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And then stop, and ideally stop
when the chair's vertical.
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And this is also very much the same with the gancho.
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So you can do two for one.
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The final thing, and you have better equipment than I do.
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I only have a chair. You have a wall.
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So what I want you to do, is I want you to go
and put your back to a wall.
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And so, for the freno, the basic idea is that
I want you to isolate in your right leg...
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..and then turn.
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Where the turn is you're pulling
your right hip back.
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And so, as you do that,
I want you to have the wall...
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..or in my case, the chair's feet back.
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So that your butt or hips, and your shoulder blades,
at least one...
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..is touching the wall the whole time.
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Because the instinct is to invade her space.
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So, tools for feedback. Go and practice.