Cool Ways to Travel - Adv - Cadena

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We hear all the time, "that's hard". Because so many of the techniques are hard. Usually, we'll respond, "it's hard until it's easy". Really, if you work to get the techniques into your body, there does come a time when any of these moves are easy.

It's your decision to find the moves that seem very fun or very cool to you (many people choose this one) and then do the work to arrive at "easy", so you, and your partner, can reap the fun.

Artist Name:
Mandragora Tango
Song Title:
La Ultima Cita
Album Title:
Let's Have Dinner And Go Dancing
Artist Website:
http://www.mandragoratango.com

From website: Mandrágora Tango is a tango band headed by bandoneonist Bob Barnes and guitarist Scott Mateo Davies, 2 Minneapolis-based musicians who are wildly passionate about tango. We have been playing tango for dancing and listening since 2001 and we are still going strong. We've played in over 40 cities all over the United States.

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Now we're going to put it together.
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So what we're going to do is take the first piece of the
combination that we taught with the gancho...
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..and the first piece in the combination
we taught with the drag...
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..and we're going to cut out the gancho and the drag
and put those pieces together.
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And that's how we get this
wonderful winding thing called cadena
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Which is what we started the series with.
N. Right
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So we'll have that same beginning...
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..and now here's that first piece from the gancho.
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And now, for the drag, we did side, change.
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And we cut that out and then after that,
it was back, cross for the leader,
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And forward. side for the follower.
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And we're going to do that part.
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And then likewise, here we're going to
cut out that beginning of the gancho for the guy.
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We're just going to go, her across me, as I go...
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..through her.
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And it can keep going.
00:57
So could we do that in a circle here?
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Do we have enough room?
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D: Yes.
N: Let's do it.
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For that to work, each party needs to know,
really well...
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..exactly where they're going to step and
how the step is made.
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Otherwise, after you do one,
it degrades really badly.
01:28
Right so - especially at the beginning...
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..that means, don't do more than one.
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Sort of like the joke about the doctor
you know...
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"Doctor it hurts, what should I do?
When I do this it hurts. What should I do?"
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He's like, "Do do that."
01:38
Same thing, if it doesn't go well
when you do a certain thing a bunch of times...
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..don't do it a bunch of times.
01:43
That's really smart.
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But the other thing I found, my students love this step.
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And so they see it once or twice
and then they want to do it really fast.
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And every time I try to slow them down.
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Because in order for it not to degrade...
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..you need to be sure of where and how you're stepping.
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And so I say, "No, you got to do it slowly first."
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"Do one and get it exactly right, slowly."
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And then add another piece and another piece.
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And once you can string them together slowly...
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..make it a little faster.
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The reason it degrades is because the distance changes.
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So, when you start at the beginning,
you have a certain distance.
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And then as it gets faster, the distance either
increases or decreases.
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And that's the problem.
02:21
I think the steps get really sloppy.
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So she goes around me, I go through her.
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That's one distance between my left foot
and her left foot.
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And then I go around her, she goes through me.
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She goes around me, I go through her.
02:42
Let's show it, just straight to the camera.
02:55
Oh, just one. Okay.
02:56
Well, or we'd go off camera - off screen.
02:58
I - okay, I just get really enthusiastic
about those.