3b. Front Ochos from the Cross
Although front ochos can be led from many positions, they are commonly led from the follower's cross. In the above demonstration, Steve leads Jackie to do 4 ochos, but you can do as many as you like. However, leaders, keep in mind that if you do many more than 4 to 6 ochos at one time, your followers might not appreciate it.
At the cross with her
weight on her left foot.
At this point the leader
could lead her to step back-
wards but instead leads her...
...forward and to the side.
Notice where her feet are
pointing. She has brought
her feet together before...
...pivoting to the opposite direction.
THE LEADER leads the follower to the cross. (See section 1c for more information on leading to the cross.) From the cross, he steps diagonally back to the right, leading the follower into ochos. Whenever the leader steps to the left in the ochos, he can easily step out of them by collecting his right foot and shifting his weight onto it. He is now ready to step forward with his left foot out of the ochos.
THE FOLLOWER is led to the cross (see section 1c for more information on leading to the cross). REMEMBER THAT WHEN THE FOLLOWER DOES THE CROSS, SHE MAKES A COMPLETE WEIGHT SHIFT TO THE LEFT (FRONT) FOOT, which is crossed in front of the right. Even though the right foot is touching the floor, there is no weight on it and it is completely free to step in any direction that is led. Therefore, when the leader pulls the follower forward diagonally to her left, she can easily pivot on her left foot and step on her right to create the first ocho. She then does as many ochos as are led, being careful not to step or rotate until she feels a lead to do so. When she does an ocho onto her left foot, her right foot is free to step backward out of the ochos.
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