Side Alternating Drag withSandwich
Collect (or feet together)
Lady backsteps, etc.
DT: Andrew, when she apears to be dragging your foot, is she?
Andrew: Not really. If we give enough resistence she can drag it but most of the time the followers don't receive this that often so it's best for the leaders to have very light leg -- no pressure on our leg -- and she can go for her side step and our foot accomodates her side step. When she "drags" our foot, it's really our moving our frame and letting her take our foot to the side.
DT: It's an illusion?
DT: Kana, what should the followers focus on in this figure.
Kana: Followers have easier role but it is very important to keep your center connected to his center all the time and you will never get lost.
DT: Keep your center connected to his center?
Kana: You could think spine to spine, or chest to chest or in front of each other.
Off the record, I don't like our dancing in this move because we are going up and down too much.**
DT: Ok. Off the record. (Both laugh)
Kana: We are going up and down together, but this particular move is prettier without the up and down movement, I think. Ladies, when...
DT: ...Back on the record?
Kana: Yes, back on the record. (laughs).
Ladies, when he stops you, put all your body weight on your standing leg. You want to take your heel of the standing leg just a touch off the floor for a moment so you can rotate.
DT: If the leader does not lead anything, if he is motionless for a count or two or whatever, the perfect follower will just stand there?
Kana: That's correct. If leader does not move his frame or make any lead, followers should wait..
DT: Generally speaking then, Andrew, do the leaders have two things to think about-- moving themselves and moving the followers?
Andrew: Exactly, exactly. And you have to separate the feet and the upper torso. The leader's feet could be still and the torso could be leading or the leader's feet could be moving but there is no lead because the torso is still.
DT: What amount of force is necessary to lead?
Andrew: In my opinion, hardly any force at all. Our body moves and the follower moves with us. The follower covers the leader as if playing basketball or other sports, -- if the leader moves to the left, the follower will move to her right, et cetera. Our frame and arms will guide through ochos and grapevines, but the follower will stay in front of the leader.
DT: Kana is considerably lighter than you weightwise. Does the amount of heft of the follower suggest the amount of force necessary to lead her in a figure?
Andrew: No, no. Really the size doesn't matter. I've had followers who weigh 90 pounds take me off my axis, and followers who weigh more than me move like a butterfly.
DT: Kana, does the size of the leader mean anything to you?
Kana: You mean the body size? .. . . No, not at all. As long as the ladies commit all the body weight to her back leg, the front leg is there for the gentleman to drag, so the front leg does not have any body weight. It has a nice resistance in connection to his foot and to the floor with no weight on it. In other words, while the lady doesn't move her foot voluntarily before the gentleman drags her foot, she doesn't want to be too heavy. The common mistake would be dividing her body weight too equally to both legs. The moment you know he gave you parada, you should shift all the weight to the back leg.
DT: When you say to not move your foot voluntarily, do you mean to wait for the leader to initiate your movement, or lead you?
Kana: Uh hmm. Leaders move, followers move in response. Leaders wait, followers wait in response. Following is both moving and waiting.
DT: Main points?
Andrew: Yes, quite a few things. Of course, our frame needs to be clear, and when we set the follower up to do our drag we need to turn her into a back ocho. We go into a back ocho mutually to get our foot behind us so she can drag our foot.
DT: At one point, you are both doing a back ocho at the same time?
Andrew: Correct [4th photo].And we need to have almost no weight on our foot when she is dragging it. Really no weight, it just has to float.
DT: And that is true in reverse? That is, if the man is dragging the lady's foot, she should have no weight or next to no weight on the foot being dragged?
Kana: Yes. Weight is on back foot.
Some Keys:**Kana is a good sport and a teacher, so the above "off the record" sequence is included with her approval.
The foot being dragged should bear no weight (or very, very little weight). The weight should be on the back (or "standing") foot. During the drag, the heel of the standing foot should lift to allow rotation.
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