Thursday, October 23, 2008

Intensive continues

Tuesdays on 102.1 - All boleos all the time.

My brain is going to explode, I'm thinking to much, my boleos are so forced, I can't follow planeos, blah! But by the end of the day, I've given up on boleos and suddenly they work.

Lu talks about how we, as followers, see performances where the boleos are so high and pointy and we try to copy that in our boleos. In reality, we are lying to the leaders because they haven't led that kind of boleo - we are forcing it. We practice for a long time our boleos, letting the leg go naturally, and as always, keeping our own axis.

For leaders:
- we practice "with" boleos. For these, there is a deeper twist for the pivot (that comes from the core, not the shoulders or arms) that has to be followed by a rebound. If there is no rebound, there is no boleo, just a deep ocho. The rebound is natural.
- There are also "contra" boleos. Here, the leader starts to pivot the follower and once her hips have passed the position of being perpendicular to the leader's hips, the leader changes directions and walks around her in the opposite way - almost in the same way as for a planeo but perhaps with slightly more definition and energy.
- Then the combinations are endless. You can do boleos by combining any of the following options:

Option A - direction of boleo:
- left
- right

Option B - leader's accompanying step:
- forward
- open
- back

Option C - follower's direction:
- forward
- open
- back

Option D - type of boleo:
- "with"
- "contra"

That's 36 ways to lead a boleo. How about that?
The idea of the giros is very important here. The steps that are listed are all steps of the giros, Si?

For followers:
- it's important to keep the braline facing the leader here. If you move your upper body in the direction of you leader's chest, then the momentum of the boleo is lost. This is something I'm working on a lot.
- don't force your leg to kick high. If you feel a small boleo, let your free leg to naturally where it will
- that said, don't glue your free leg to your standing leg. You will never get a boleo then.
- for front boleos, after the high point of the boleo, try to let your free leg fall to the floor immediately so that you are not unwinding directly in front of the leader. That could lead to a movement that is dangerous for the leader if you get my drift.

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