Blue Ring - Milonguero Groove
5-C Ocho Cortado
The oldest move in the book that never gets old
- Review the cross that they already know
- Explain that this is similar BUT instead of crossing from a back extension, follower crosses from an open step
- Help them do the weirdest part for follower: stand split weight in open step, pivot right leg inward, sucking the left leg into the cross
- Help them do the entire follower’s footwork solo
- Take a practice hold and lead them in it
- Lead with on-the-body contact with continuous tone, no arms
- Add embrace and repeat til it’s pretty consistent
- Interleave with Rock-Step-Open to practice improvising
- Help them practice isolating turning ribcage. Hold their hips still as they open right, left.
- In practice hold sync this ribcage opening/closing to follower’s open, cross.
- Help them lead it in practice hold
- Have them practice-lead it on-the-body with embrace
- Have them interleave it with Rock-Step-Open
- When first doing it on-the-body, calibrate to 7-8
- Be sure the follower commits weight in the cross. Leader has to turn enough, follower has to be ready!
- Leader’s feet can stay very close to each other overall
- When leading, leader needs to clear legs out of space follower wants to walk into. Have them figure out where to put legs.
- Helps to hold leader’s hips while they practice turning ribcage to right, left. Sync this to follower’s open, cross.
- Watch out! If leader opens ribcage too much, follower turns too far
- Think of final step as a turning a little to leader’s left
- Tap the rhythm: 123 PAUSE 123. Try to dance it in this rhythm!
- Find a more linear version and also a more circular version.
- Follower embellishments: ankle-touches, heel-flex
- Can you lead the whole thing without leader moving feet??
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