Jump-start to partner dancing, notes

Based on Argentine tango principles Apr 1, 2024

Solo practice — Explore and master moves to fit music, to prepare for partner dancing.

Making notes — Helps us teach ourselves.

A step —  Change weight from one foot to the other. In place, over a distance, or temporary (rebound, rock, and stutter steps). Forward, Backward, Sideways, or slightly diagonal.

A pivot — Twist on a foot-leg, aiming the hips in a new direction. (Sticky shoe soles? Use other foot to unweight the pivot foot.)

Steps relative to partner (P) —  Open, away from P’s heavy-leg (HL);  Front-crossing between my HL and my P’s HL, or Back-crossing behind my HL. In parallel-system (PS), with legs on the same side (hand-side: HS or arm-side: AS) of the embrace moving together, or cross-system (CS), with legs on diagonally-opposite sides moving together. In the same direction, across our partner’s path, or in opposite directions.

We lead (Ld) by moving our torso over the floor. We alert our partner to what is coming by giving a windup (intention), a small circling move opposite to the intended direction. Like a sports windup, preparing our muscles.

The embrace — Carries the leader’s intentions to their partner, and lets the leader sense what the follower is doing.

Changing roles — Learning and practicing both roles, we feel what our partners want to feel. 

What we seek — to move with music as a Clear, Comfortable, and Creative partner. We create these conditions with good Structure, Energy, and Geometry of movement.

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