Lifts - Easy Sit in the Air

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There are really two things to master.

  1. Mechanics: In this instance, positioning the sit so her legs take most of the weight and then being in, close to the body and strong for both people, so that the lift itself should feel easy.
  2. Balance: Keeping the sit vertical for the buy with both feet planted will really help him. The follower's contribution can be that all things are slow and controlled (especially at the beginning).
Artist Name:
Gideon Kremer
Song Title:
Celos
Album Title:
Hommage a Piazzolla
Artist Website:
http://www.kremerata-baltica.com/

(From the website): Kremerata Baltica, a chamber orchestra, was created in 1997 by renowned violinist Gidon Kremer, who serves as the orchestra's artistic director and solo violinist. The high artistic quality of the ensemble is the result of the exceptional talent of the individual musicians and Kremer's innovative approach to repertoire.

00:03
So, in this series of chapters, we're going to,
00:07
Hopefully, give you all the foundations you would need to become very good at doing different kind of lifts.
00:13
This chapter is going to be just one lift. But we're going to teach you a lot of fundamentals that will be very transferable.
00:19
And then, in the next couple of chapters, we'll, sort of, expand the idea.
00:25
So, to begin, we have Malakai and Jessica. Wonderful. Pleasure to have you. And,
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So, we're going to get in to this lift. It's going to start like a front ocho. So, if you could just do.
00:39
And just show them the whole thing. Keep going.
00:48
Yeah, beautiful.
00:51
Yeah. Beautiful.
00:52
And so, to break that down... Everyone is, like, "Oh, we want to do that, but there's no way we can do that".
00:56
Really, really, there is a way you can do that. So, start with front ocho. And this is the exact same as normal.
01:02
But, right here, when he puts his right foot down, he's...
01:05
After you pivot her, and then, his right foot will go, so he can be behind her, and underneath.
01:10
Yes. And show that from the other angle. So, if we turn you around,
01:14
Right here, you'll see, that he's on this side of her body. So, he can be behind, and underneath, and very snug.
01:21
And if you look at her left arm, it's in and down.
01:24
And so, right there, they're already in a very good place to do a lift.
01:28
If you do one more time, sideways to the camera.
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So, scoot towards me a little bit, and give it a go.
01:36
Right there, you see there's no space. He's behind and underneath. Her leg extends, because he extends his leg.
01:42
Right now, he's going to lead her leg up, by lifting up with the back arm. He throws it over his left shoulder. Leg comes around.
01:50
Right there, with her left leg, she's pulling down. With her left shoulder blade, she's pulling down.
01:55
With his right arm, he's pulling up. There are so many points of contact.
01:58
So, then it's very easy, to lift her up. Beautiful.
02:04
Now, as you do that... And you can put her down.
02:07
For the ladies, I really want you to almost think that you can levitate.
02:12
That, if I'm here, and we're in that same position, and he lifts me up - let go.
02:19
Right? So that you're working too. You're pulling down with your left shoulder blade. You're pulling down with your left thigh.
02:25
And, likewise, for the guys, I want you to be able to do this.
02:29
And, she's here. And if she lets go, likewise, you have a really good hold of her.
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And so, if you have more than you need, then when you both do it, it becomes very easy.
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So, let's do this again, slowly.
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We have side; he pivots her; he steps behind and underneath her left.
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They extend the legs together. He lifts up. That lifts the leg; throws her over his left shoulder.
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She pushes down with her left leg... And it floats as it turns. Unwinds...
03:03
And now, I want to illustrate some meta concepts.
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So, think of this as part 2 of this chapter.
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Part 1 is how to do that, and do it slowly, there's no jump. Part 2 is, "What are the key concepts?".
03:15
So, key concept number 1 is that, almost always, ladies. Not always, but almost always,
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A lot of the weight is going to go through a leg, and through your arm. So, you're helping a lot.
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And, for the leaders, almost always, when you do this, you're going to have her very snug, and you're going to be underneath her.
03:33
And so, that's true in this. But this will also be true in the next couple of chapters, where we do sort of different things with lifts.
03:39
I want to talk now about some things that you shouldn't do.
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Malakai is, like, "Great".
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So, first thing, there's this lady jumping. So, show, but don't show too bad. Because you actually can hurt your partner.
03:52
So, right here. Give it a go.
03:55
She actually jumped the good way. Here, I'm going to do the bad way. Sorry.
04:00
She's, like, "I don't know how to do it wrong, David!"
04:02
So, right here, as he goes to pick me up, I'm, like, "OK!"
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And he did really good being engaged. But, usually, what happens is, the guy is, like, "OK, I'm getting ready, Wha-ooh!".
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And he drops. So, ladies, you do not jump. He picks you up, slowly and gradually. You do a lot of this.
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Also, there's the alignment of the body. So, for the leaders, he has beautiful vertical alignment.
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And, there's often this instinct to curl into her space, sort of pull her back and get over.
04:32
So, do the wrong, and do the right. Do it sideways to the camera. So, we're going to face you... Yeah. Yes, that's right.
04:44
OK, we're going to have to cut that wrong, because that wrong is way too good.
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David: You're fine, you're fine. So, the wrong would be curling the back, as you do it.
Nancy: David, you do the wrong.
04:53
I'll do the wrong. Yeah.
04:58
We might email it to your parents, but, no. So, the wrong, for the guys.
05:04
Beautiful right here,
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Notice, I put her arm around my neck, so she can use both arms.
05:11
And then, this is... one of two things, right? So, people can lean forward, "Ugh!"
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Or, for example, you might...
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Right, so I want you to think, instead, that your spine stays vertical.
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And so, if you watch from the side, I'm just up.
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So, one more time. Just do slowly, large. And come a little closer to the camera. Yeah.
Series:
Lifts
Tags:
Lifts, Performance