5. Basic salida to cross to front ocho
Here we begin as in figure 1, going as far as the follower's cross.
Follower's part: At the cross, with the follower's weight on her L foot, the leader pivots her slightly left, which causes her to release and unhook her free R foot. She then steps forward on her R foot (first picture), pivots hard R (2nd picture), steps forward on her L foot, pivots once more to face her partner, collects her feet and walks back on her R.
During her pivot steps, called ochos for their figure-8 quality, she keeps her chest facing her partner as much as possible while her hips and feet face her direction of travel. See a description of ocho technique on the definitions page.
Leader's part: The leader changes feet on beat 1 of every measure: side L, forward R, forward L, together step R, back L, forward R.
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