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