Walking Left to Right Sacada from Outside Left Side Position

Kana: After the secada, his right and her right land close together. This is like receiving back ocho for gentleman, it's a side step. Gentleman taking side step side to side while leading lady to the back ochos. You would like to line up your right foot with her right foot and the same for the left foot.

Here I chose to do big ronde kind of move with my right foot when I receive the secada. When I feel good energy to do so from gentleman I do a nice big ronde with my right foot. Option will be do a small ronde and then bring your right foot underneath your hip before you pass your left foot.

DT: Kana, where is the contact on the sacada?

Kana: Right above the knee. There is a very comfortable soft spot for the lady right above the knee. Common mistake is that gentleman's leg is too far away to do sacada and he tries to reach and push out with his knee instead of normal step and weight change. (indicating).

When he walks in, his left thigh should be almost caressing my left thigh already in such a way that the outside of his left leg is in contact with the inside of my right leg. In the video, Andrew walks in open hold, and it is easier to see that way, but it works very well or as well in closed embrace.

DT: We haven't done closed embrace in these tutorials so far. Could you describe for a moment the difference between open hold and closed embrace?

Kana: In closed embrace, our chests are touching almost all the time. For me, it is a birthday hug (laughs). A warm hug, not just a hug .

DT: And some figures are not doable or are difficult in closed embrace?

Kana: The way you hold determines the moves you like to do or be likely to do, such as many moves with sacadas will be done more by those who like open hold.

DT: Andrew, do you do a lot of figures from outside left side position?

Andrew: Not a whole lot, no.

DT: What kind of things do you do?

Andrew: In outside left side? Walking straight. A lot of times I will do syncopated cross steps.

DT: Cross steps?

Andrew: Left step, right step behind the left ankle. Just bringing the second step behind the ankle of the first step instead of alongside or past.

DT: Have you experienced difficulty with getting to the cross system in outside leftside position, or for that matter, in any figure that requires cross system, the common problem being that the follower tries to syncopate (add a quick step) along with the leader?

[Editor: Cross System is explained below, as is outside left side position]

Andrew: Only with new followers. I know what you mean, but if you have a clear frame you can get there with no problem.

DT: How much force against the inside of the lady's leg?

Andrew: Hardly any force at all.. There is just momentary contact and we take weight on our left leg and she is obliged to move.

If you do this repeatedly, you have to travel in a circle.

DT: Why so? I thought you were circling only to stay within the camara's field?

Andrew: When you give the displacement, it forces her into a back ocho

DT: You are knocking her out of the line of dance

Andrew: Correct.

Kana: As almost all figures, this can be done on opposite side, on right side of each other rather than on left side. Everything in reverse, -- gentleman walks on right side and his right foot sacada lady's left foot. Cross system is required no matter which side, everything opposite. Left to left sacada on one side, and right to right sacada on other.

DT: We have mentioned cross system now a few times. It's "same footedness", no? Each partner stepping with left feet at the same time or right feet at the same time? And how does cross system differ from parallel system?

Kana: It is called cross system because when gentleman and lady face each other, their same foot, for example left foot, is across from the other's left foot. In parallel system, -- parallel system is the one you use for most of the ballroom and other partner dancing -- when couple is facing each other the gentleman's left and lady's right foot or gentleman's right and lady's left foot step at the same time. In this figure, when the man walks forward with left, lady walks back with left -- cross system. Cross system is happening most of the time in the back Ochos, front Ochos and crosswalk, all the cross basics in crosswalk.

DT: So generally in the back ocho for instance, when the man steps left, the lady is also stepping left.

Kana: Yes, uh huh.

DT: Is cross system more difficult for the follower than parallel system?

Kana: Cross system is less common, but should not be more difficult because the followers try always to stay in front of the gentleman, and turn or stop or ocho depending on lead from gentleman, either in cross or parallel.

DT: Here the gentleman syncopates, that is takes two steps to the lady's one and then steps to her left side instead of the usual step to the right side. Let's discuss the language again -- Outside leftside position.

Kana: In the very beginning of the dance you start parallel, but immediately when you change to cross system such as this one, the gentleman will take two steps while she is taking one step or he would pivot and not change his weight and then let her change her weight.

In Argentine Tango, we use a lot of cross system, not just in outside left side position, but in many different figures. It's very very characteristic.

DT: Then there are two ways to get into cross system from parallel system, the man could either take one step to the lady's two or to take two steps to the lady's one?

Kana: Yes.

DT: Now turning to outside left side position, here and in most figures it is done in cross system-- that is, again, when the lady steps left the man steps left, etc. We have already touched on this, but when the man syncopates or takes two steps to the lady's one, is there the danger that he would give a false lead to the lady to take two steps along with his?

Kana: There is. And I think also the more ballroom experience the lady has, they are very sensitive to gentleman's weight change. So ladies who came from ballroom background and then started Argentine Tango tend to change their weight immediately when she feels his weight changing. So gentleman has to lift us up or hold us so we will not change our weight. So gentleman will not allow us to change our weight.

DT: Is there also the concept of stepping lightly so the lady doesn't feel it?

Kana: That's what I mean. Don't affect her with your weight change, change your weight very discreetly while you are holding her up.

The Keys:
The leader has to take 2 steps to the lady's 1 to get to cross system. Cross system is "same-footed", -- when the lady steps left the man steps left also, and the same for right steps.

Outside left side position simply means that the man walks to the lady's left side, the less common side. Cross system is desirable for outside left side position then there are only 3 tracks instead of 4, because the left feet move in the same track.

The contact point of this sacada, unlike with the rear sacadas where it was calf to calf, is above the knee.

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