12. Hooks with single and triple step variations.Back to the Tango Waltz 2 Table of Contents
In the second sequence in the video, after the introductory side and forwards steps the leader guides the follower to step back L hook R foot behind L foot, after which she steps back L and hooks R foot behind once more. On her 3rd and 4th hooks behind she embellishes, turning her single step into 3 steps moving slightly forward.
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The leader’s 3 variations include, in the second sequence: hook #1: leader hooks L once in front of R, hook #2: leader simply rocks forward, leading the follower’s hook, #3 & #4: leader hooks L in front of R and continues back R, L
Leading the hook step: One way the leader can persuade the follower to hook behind is by exagerating the torso motion required for him to hook in front himself. If his torso moves in a tiny imitation of his leg motion she will feel this movement and perform the same leg motion. After he has succeeded in leading her to hook and transfer weight to her R foot behind her standing foot, he must also lead the next step L backward.
For both leaders and followers the triple variations are danced in the 1, 2, 3, 1 rhythm. For example, looking at the follower’s footwork, as she lands on her right foot hooked behind she begins the series of quick steps: behind, forward, forward, finally slowing down on her back step L, which lands on the 1 of the next measure. The leader’s steps are the same, reversed. These triple steps are very fast and must stay small to be manageable. The triple variations are unled embellishments, though the initial hook behind by the follower IS led.
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