Advancing: The couple takes a step in which the leader steps toward the follower’s space
Alignment: Standing straight, balanced, feet underneath you
Close Embrace: Embrace with continuous flat frontal contact between torsos/upper bodies
Closed Side/”Dark” Side: The side of the embrace that you’re hugging each other. Leader’s right, follower’s left.
Crossed System: When both are stepping with their LEFT legs, OR with the RIGHT legs.
Double-Time: Twice as fast as the walking beat, usually counted ONE TWO THREE or THREE FOUR ONE.
Downbeat: The walking beat of the music, usually counted ONE, THREE
Downstream: Going with the line of dance, e.g., counterclockwise
Extension: Uses base leg to stretch free leg, before committing weight
Far Side: The side of the ocho-er’s body that’s further away from the partner.
Follow the Follower: Steps to a place that factors in follower’s interpretation of lead
Follow the Ronda: Able to advance in a single lane without passing, bumping, or stalling others
Follower’s Default: The follower’s grapevine, including the follower’s cross which is understood to happen automatically unless interrupted
Follower’s Power: Making decisive, active steps once committed - moving with conviction
Following vs Guessing: Kinaesthetically feeling what’s needed to stay with leader
Free Leg: The leg that doesn’t have weight on it
Frontality: Continuous facing from hips up, hold partner in front of you
Handward: Going in the direction of the opened side of the embrace.
Hugward: Going in the direction of the closed side of the embrace.
Inline Step: When one partner steps directly into the space vacated by the other partner’s extending leg.
Invitation: Invites follower to extend, before moving
Near Side: The side of the ocho-er’s body that’s closer to the partner.
Opened Side: The side of the embrace where you’re holding hands. Follower’s right, leader’s left.
Outside-Partner Step: When one partner steps into the space that is to the side of both partner’s legs.
Parallel System: Any situation where the leader steps with LEFT and follower with RIGHT, OR vice versa.
Practice Embrace: Asymmetrical embrace with square shape
Practice Hold: Holding each other’s elbows, with leader’s arms underneath.
Quality of Touch: Arms and hands are light, supporting presence that is comfortable for partner
Retreating: The couple takes a step in which the follower steps toward the leader’s space
Standing Leg: The leg you’re standing on
Stillness: Able to wait, pause for as many as 8 beats
The Embrace: Softly v-shaped organic shape that emerges from holding each other close; flexible and adaptable in proximity, allows for rolling, continuously changing to allow for room for expression.
The Pivot Before The Step: A balanced pivot with legs together that prepares lower body for step
Upstream: Going against the line of dance, e.g., clockwise
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