Exploring Possibilities - Pointing and Dragging

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A theme we return to often is that, to make a lot of these things work, it really helps to have ingrained in the body the connection between the limbs and the torso. It's important to understand that, when your center of gravity moves forward an inch, your foot moves forward a foot (or whatever it is for your body) and that, when the body moves forward a foot, the foot is all the way out. As you work on this connection, it enables much.

Artist Name:
Zully Goldfarb
Song Title:
Maj Tzu Di Eigalaj
Album Title:
De Donde Viene Mi Voz
Artist Website:
http://www.zully.com.ar/

Complex tangos sung in both spanish and yiddish with great authenticity.

From artist's website about one album: Tells the story of piringundines, from German cabaret to the Buenos Aires tango venue, and with the tango it will take us through a history of crossed destinies, and misunderstandings, love, and forget that we identifys as Argentinians.

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OK, so we'll start with just Nancy,
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Pointing her foot around, and I want you to look at what's possible, just there, looking around.
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Go for it.
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So, OK, I'm going to just fool around.
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And then, likewise, I can...
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Point,
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Reach past,
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Up along my leg...
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Oh, I shouldn't bring it off the floor, it's cheating.
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Right, we said that one of the constraints were we're on the floor.
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So, remove that.
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You get that, there are some possibilities,
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And then, what I want us to do, is I want you to think, "Well, can we relate this to each other?"
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So, for example, if she picks something,
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Let's say she points forward and then around, do that again.
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So, she goes forward, and around, through, then what can I do?
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So, maybe, give it a go, from the beginning,
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I can go forward and around.
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And then you can say, "Well, that's sort of cool". Again:
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Can we make this something that is lead-follow, can we make it tango?
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Or, let's say she does something else; pick something, I don't care.
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Again.
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Hey, wait, that was cool, let's do it again.
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I've got him here, I could actually drag him from here.
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It's kind of a weird place, but I could.
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So, the point is, in all cases, we can point in lots of directions, we can circle in lots of directions,
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And then we can relate that pointing and circling to our partner to make really cool things.
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And not only that,
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And we keep the constraints almost arbitrarily.
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We said, "OK, what small box could we use?"
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And within that box, how can we look around?
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We're not stepping, there's nothing like that.
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But not only that, so if she points to the side,
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And comes here,
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Then, you know, if I'm pushing her, then this is a drag.
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And I can push him back.
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And, likewise, you can pull me,
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I can pull in there,
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If I'm silly, right, you push, and then cast,
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David, we know you're never silly.
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Dribbling,
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And then circle around myself.
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So, we totally know he's never silly, and all of the people who have studied with us in person are laughing their heads off when I say that.
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On that note, play with this, look around, try different things.
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Just say: "What can we do, and is it cool?"
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Don't worry about lead-follow, don't worry about "Is it tango?", we'll worry about that in later chapters.