Archive for the ‘Milonga’ Category

I’m really amazed with Corina Herrera! She dances with such confidance and stability, yet she’s graceful and incredibly creative!

In an upbeat milonga like this one, she will decorate the performance with tinny little details / embelishments, enriching the music interpretation. Corina is a great example on how a follower’s role can be much more than “just” comply with the steps proposed by the leader, actively contributing in the creation of the choreography and performance result.

Highlights:

0:17 – Corina makes a kind of small patada marking the last beat of the phrase.

0:32 – Corina marks the half-time by crossing her left foot behind the right one before steping on the beat.

0:40 – Corina makes an extra change of weight and projects the left leg sideways to emphasize the strumming of the piano keys by the end of the phrase.

0:45 – Corina makes a forward boleo in the half-time before steping on the beat.

1:27 – …

2:00 – Corina makes a forward boleo marking the half-time and right after she makes a small jump, projecting the right leg backwards, just in synch with the piano.

2:06 – Corina goes wild, marking every piano stroke in this phrase, finishing with a back boleo and making the crowd cheer with joy.

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I just fell in love with this couple by seeing this other video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk_lyZEEmfk. It was not because of the fact that they were dancing with their little girl, but because, dispite that, they still can manage to keep perfect connection and sync!!! They are allways in tune with each other, even when they are both focussing on the girl!

They are also very amusing to watch! I never met them, but I bet they are very funny and happy people! They just radiate positive vibes :).

She has an amazing technique! The way she gracefully handles all those lifts and that intensive and creative lead. She makes both their jobs look easy.

Highlights:
0:24 – Consecutive lifts in sync with the music that end in a particular and funny way… (a must see)

0:44 – Creative rhythmic solution (following the strumming of the violin’s strings) with nice adornos from Daniela

1:31 – A simple side-to-side sequence that I think that works very well

1:58 – A fast sequence marking the strumming of the piano keys



I love this couple! They are very friendly and good humoured (Cristina is just delightful :)). They are great teachers and is allways great pleasure seeing them dance.

Highlights:
0:48 – Nice sequence of patada, doube patada and gancho of the leader on a front step of the follower

1:09 – Daniel stars enjoying the fast pace of the streaming piano and then enters in super fast crazy mode!!! 🙂

1:35 – A funny sequence where leader and follower bang each other’s foot in a mirror movement. Great fun!



Highlights:
02:30 – Amazing sequence of patadas by the woman, with those four patadas while frozen in the air, in japanese martial arts style :). Great fun! Great moment!