by Igor Polk, June 5, 2016 - May 19, 2014
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Now we are ready to look at three types of steps closer. Assume that a number of steps are done sequentially. It means passing the neutral position. So, one should come to and leave the neutral position. Of course, it is not required when a pose is a goal. It is possible to walk without neutral position in the middle, see Zig-Zag Walk chapter before.
Toe-First Step Forward Formula is
Y== -1B-> Y(Parada) -2X-> ~Y== , where Y is Left or Right leg, ~Y an opposite leg.
Toe-First Step Backward formula is
Z== -1B-> Z(Liberty) -2X-> ~Z
If a couple performing the step facing each other, the woman's leg W is opposite of man's leg M, i.e. W=~M
Body-First Step Forward Formula is
Y== -2X-> ~Y(Liberty) -1B-> ~Y==
Body-First Step Backward formula is
Z== -2X-> ~Z(Parada) -1B-> ~Z==
Toe-First Long Step Formula is
Y== -1B-> Y(Parada) -2XH-> ~Y(Liberty) -1B-> ~Y==
Toe-First Long Step Backward formula is
Z== -1B-> Z(Liberty) -2XH-> ~Z(Parada) -1B-> ~Z==
Assuming that a follower makes the back step, (a leader also can do it), the explanation is similar with an important clarification. Extension of the leg back does not happen to the full extent when a leader is still preparing his Parada. The extension has to be as less as possible with more emphasis on charging of the body, torso and pelvis. Extension of the leg back goes during the actual step. It must be aligned with the length of the partners step. It is a common mistake, when a student extends her leg too far, more than the man can go. She is not able to keep up with him, she separates going away backward. It is a leader's job to step as long as possible to catch up with the follower. But it is a compensation, adaptation. Ideally, the leader defines the length of the steps and the follower alignes to them perfectly.
Last half of the Toe-First Long Step backward is shown on the drawing (Liberty position is alreay obtained, the step is started, the back leg is extended as much as needed): 1) the moment of arriving of the foot into the floor; 1)-2) going into Parada; 2) Parada Pose in dynamic, on the move; 2)-3) Exit from the Parada pose with "Barrida Transition". At this phase the gravity stops the dancer or a push from the back leg; 3) The Neutral pose after arrival.
Here are simple graphical abbreviations for step sequences: 1) Toe-First steps, both types, since they have the same rhythm, 2) Body-First Steps.
Body-First steps are faster. They arrive to a pose, which is represented by a dark dot. A dancer posesses more time posing. The Toe-First steps arrive into Neutral position. They are starting from a pose. They are slower. Fancy elements like Boleo, happen on the initial phase of the Toe-First steps and on the final stage of the Body-First steps.