Expanded Intermediate Vocabulary - Calecita

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For the leaders, remember that your upper body should face her center line as you go around her. Literally ... is the circle your arms contain placed around the ball of her foot the Entire Time you walk around?

Align completely over the ball of the foot, press down from the shoulder blades,...and there's always more:

And There's Always More

Artist Name:
Alex Krebs
Song Title:
Solamente Ella
Album Title:
Stumptandas
Artist Website:
http://www.tangoberretin.com/

From website: (Alex Krebs) Has been studying the bandoneon since May 2001, directed the tango band "Conjunto Berretin." (with 2 CD's recorded) from 2003-2008, and currently is arranging/directing a tango sextet and arranging/directing an Orquesta Tipica for the Portland Tango Festivals in Feb. and Oct.

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Oh we could have done more than that.
00:17
So it’s really fun if it works right.
00:20
For the woman it feels like she’s flying
and lots of women like that.
00:24
In order to make it work right, balance is an issue.
00:27
Not every leader is going to be as perfect as David
at staying the same distance.
00:32
So what the women need to do is
pull down on him from their backs.
00:39
That sounds really kooky.
00:41
But - and when I have students in class,
I can show them the difference.
00:44
I can go 'grr' and let them see my arm and then...
00:47
..'grr' and let them see my back.
00:50
And my back is a lot stronger than my arm.
00:52
And pulling down like that from my back
feels good rather than bad to the leader, right?
00:57
Yes.
01:00
And it also helps hugely with balance.
01:03
Apart from that, if he's not perfect.
If he’s a little imperfect…
01:07
..we can give with our arms or pull our arms back in,
to keep ourselves upright.
01:12
If he is a lot imperfect, then I suggest
putting a lot more weight on him…
01:15
..so he get’s the message.
01:17
You want to do it like faster and more
and I’ll show that?
01:20
I don’t know what -
am I supposed to be wrong or right?
01:23
Be both, not at the same time.
01:26
Okay.
01:29
End with the right because I get the fun.
01:34
Oh boy. So he’s doing all kinds of loony things
and I’m just letting him go with it.
01:40
Now be right so I can have fun.
01:42
Yes, this is just so fun.
01:47
So all I did was adjust with my arms,
over and over to keep us going...
01:50
... On an even keel to keep my balance.
01:52
And then at the end,
I didn’t have to do anything but love it.
01:55
And for the leaders as you do this, a few things…
01:58
..so I’ll step side, I’ll change weight,
turning perpendicular to her…
02:02
..so I can walk backward around the circle.
02:04
And there’s this sense that the left foot goes
around the circle.
02:07
And then the right foot sort of goes…
02:09
..I’m going to say, go straight back.
02:10
But the goal is that you stay the same distance.
02:12
So what you mean is that your left foot,
kind of hooks towards your right shoulder...
02:15
..right in order to keep around the circle.
02:19
Yes, yes. So my left foot goes
around towards the right shoulder.
02:23
And in my right arm, I’m reaching around…
02:27
..I lift in and up. So I really support.
02:30
And when she pushes down with her left shoulder blade...
02:32
..then it becomes very much towards the body
and so it becomes easier.
02:36
And then one more thought for the followers,
if, as you go around, you breathe out…
02:40
..that will really help you.
02:41
It does. Hopefully you’ll get a really long calecita
and that will be a really long out breath.
02:47
One more time, the step, slowly because
we’ve been doing lots of technique and little breakdown.
02:52
The transition: we go side, leader rotates
and changes weight at a right angle, bodies close.
02:58
I wrap in and up.
03:01
She pushes down, excuse me.
03:03
She pushes down with her left shoulder blade.
I’ll lift up, we’ll go around.
03:08
And then women do stuff at this point.
03:10
They do stuff like that. They do circles.
03:13
Frankly, I like to just enjoy the ride.
03:15
At the very end, I’ll shift weight so my weight is
- somehow in this case I shift weight...
03:21
..so my weight is on my left foot facing my follower…
03:25
..and maybe we’ll walk back out or whatever.