More in the Lean - Volcada

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It's interesting how much the volcada lead is like a close embrace lead. The quality of the connection and the subtlety of the chest movements are so similar to close embrace. Yet the step is big and flashy which is so not what close embrace is about.

Artist Name:
Diego el Cigala
Song Title:
Tomo y Obligo
Album Title:
Cigala & Tango
Artist Website:
http://www.elcigala.com/

Diego el Cigala sings tango, but also many other genres. He is a Latin Grammy winner.

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So, when I first learned the Volcada,
it was described to me as this is cool step.
00:09
This is the 'in' step of right now.
00:11
And, certainly, it still had a little bit of that cachet…
00:14
..that this is one of those steps
that all of the advanced dancers should know.
00:17
So, now we’ll teach you.
00:42
And, as you watch this, you could say to yourself…
00:44
..”Well how does she know to move her leg?”
00:47
So, it starts like a normal lean,
then, as I begin to shift to my left…
00:51
..I pull just a hair further back,
and then I also pull in and up with my right arm.
00:56
N: Just a hair.
D: Just a hair…
00:58
..and that opens her leg forward.
And now I shift her straight back.
01:03
And I do that shifting by
moving my own center of gravity forward.
01:06
So, if I describe this in my own body, I say,
the lead, so I go side, I create a lean.
01:13
Now, as I step side, I’m going to pull in
and up going a hair back.
01:18
And then when I want her to cross,
I'll shift my own body weight forward and take a step.
01:22
For the followers, as you do this,
I want you to find the connection once again between…
01:27
..the left side of your body, so that when he pulls,
you can feel that relationship between this and that leg.
01:36
Which is similar to what we were teaching before.
01:38
Yes, it all comes together.
01:49
So my experience of it is, he gives me this little tiny lead
and that gets my foot to go forward.
01:55
But it’s his own body that takes my foot back.
01:57
So I really don’t have to do anything to make that happen.
It happens by magic.
02:04
Another thing to think about, for the leaders,
is the way you’re going to go around her on that side step.
02:08
So, if I break this step down, we have side...
02:13
..I slowly go back on my right foot, leaning forward left.
02:17
So this is just like a normal lean.
02:19
Now with my left foot, I’m going to step around her,
but I step in the circle around her.
02:29
And so there’s that sense of this.
02:31
And as I step around,
you’ll see I turn my chest to my right.
02:34
So, from the lean, I do this or from a different angle,
Once I'm in the lean, I turn right.
02:43
And that turn to the right keeps her body stabilized
because we go around…
02:47
..there’s this instinct for her to want to fall
that direction and I put my chest in the way.
02:51
Do it once bigger.
02:52
Once bigger.
03:00
See, that’s fun.