Drag from Grapevine Parada with Sacada

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The sacada,"a gentle brushing"

The second sacada

The leader has stopped his
rotation, so the lady is
stopped just prior to the drag

DT: We have covered the drag, or arrastre, from the parada on page 1, and from the grapevine or molinete on page 2. Here we have another drag from the grapevine, only this time sacadas are added. Kana, it looked like there was little or no contact between your leg and Andrew's on the Sacadas. Was he taking it easy on you?

Kana: Sacada should be gentle. Somebody gave me bad sacada last week. [shows black and blue marks on leg] (laughs). Thatís what happens when you get bad sacada. It was really painful and next day I saw big bruise. Beginners donít know right away how hard it should be so they are too forceful often.It should be a gentle push. It almost feels like an air cushion in-between.

Andrew: A common mistake on drags from the molinete is that the leader won't let the follower set back on her right foot before the drag. We need to allow the follower to stop or pause just before dragging the foot, it's a common mistake not to allow her to do that.

DT: What happens if you don't allow her to set back?

Andrew: We will take her off her balance. She'll still have weight on the left foot and we can take her off her axis.

DT: That will make it a harder drag?

Andrew: True, it won't be fluid.

DT: So, you are allowing the lady to stop just before the drag by stopping your rotation.

Andrew: Correct, we stop our torso movement to make sure the follower is on her back leg and that we also have our own axis. As we pivot to find her foot, we keep our left leg extended as an outrigger and if we need to we can use that to break ourselves also.

DT: Andrew, where is the contact on the Sacada, that is, what part of your body to what part of her body.

Andrew: We don't always actually make contact. Sacadas sometimes are illusion, but a good rule of thumb is to always step towards the follower's back foot, and not to commit to put our weight on that until the follower exchanges weight past our lead, past the front of us.

So, in other words, if the follower is making a forward right step and we go in with our left for a sacada, in the right-hand grapevine, we are going to go in with our left very lightly towards her back foot. So, basically, it's just a brushing, as Kana said. We are not trying to displace her leg in this particular sacada, because it's not really a displacement. We are stepping in-between her feet, and it's just going to be a very gentle touch.

When we do these particular sacadas we are actually exchanging places as I invite the follower to come pass me, we are basically exchanging places, as she steps forward towards me, I step forward towards her and we exchange places.

DT: So you end up standing where she was and she ends up standing where you were?

Andrew: Correct.

The Keys:
Before the arrastre (or drag), the leader has to allow the follower to rest or pause on her back leg. In the sacada, before the leader's foot goes down, the lady's has lifted.

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