Milonguero Style Close Embrace - Push Cross To Rock

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One major point to remember is that, most of the time when the leaders are pushing the follower's legs with their own, it's not actually about the legs but rather about the shift of the center of gravity. The leg just follows.

Followers:: try to keep the low back flat and let the bend in the knee relate to the push of the thigh, so that you are aligned and connected.

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So, we've got push cross, rock and cross. A rock and side.
D: A very rhythmic combination.
N: It is.
And so, for the leaders, it starts side. And here, I'm going this way so I can push her leg into that cross.
And so, the shift... So, I put my thigh in the path of her right thigh.
And it's the shift of my weight to my right foot that causes the foot to cross.
D: And then, it's a further shift of my body that causes ah...
N: My weight to shift.
D: Her weight to shift to that crossed foot.
And you'll notice that I'm actually cutting, as she crosses.
N: He may just be really useful at this.
D: Side. Step, cut. Open.
N: But, for me, this feels very easy.
D: And then, I rotate. Step, she crosses. Like an ocho cortado, although it doesn't have to be.
Rock and side.
So it has this nice rhythm. Side. Push cross. Open and cross. Rock and side.
So, you see there's the push in the thigh. Here, shifts over. We both shift. Rocks open,
Crosses. And right there, on this cross right here,
I'm very conscious that wherever...I'm going to step where her left foot is going to be so I stay in front of her.
D: She goes and I step where she's going to be so we keep our distance.
N: Well, we won't have any distance.
D: Right, where we keep our same not-distance.
N: So we're not dumping over either. Right.
D: Let's show it one more time.
N: Yeah.
D: Let's show it one more time.
D: This is a David one. No, this is the one, the way David counts.