Back Ochos

  • lean into the turns (lean to the open side)
  • keep legs heavy, soft knees
  • keep gaze locked at center of leader    
  • pay attention to the energy of the hands and the embrace, use it to power your pivots by applying matching energy (gentle push or pull)

the dip:

  • step around partner in sidestep and aim for shoulder/armpit in forward step 
  • use small-medium steps with attention to the aim
  • the more you get back on axis in the dip, (bringing back the left shoulder) the more you will pivot

looking great!

El Ocho

  • relax shoulders
  • reset during the dance to pull the lats down & relaxing the shoulders
  • push into the ground with the heels to get grounded and to lift yourself up!
  • spiral in the ocho/pasada to slow down turn and keep focus on leader
  • turn out in side step
  • push down big toe in extension of walk
  • keep standing leg relaxed in pasada