NEW At the bottom of this page is a listing of all the biomechanics classes, by theme. (They are still also in the appropriate Lexicon #.)

Improvisation Lexicon Index

Walking Elements

Lexicon 01 02 03 04: Walk and Change Foot - We walk together in systems, on tracks, and we can change feet in different combinations.
Lexicon 05: Molinete Lineal - Molinete lineal is the custom for walking sidewards.
Lexicon 06: Ochos - An ocho is a step who begins with a pivot of 90-270 degrees
Lexicon 07_1: Sacadas Back - In a sacada the partners step perpendicular to one another, with one partner displacing the other. Back sacadas are those in which the entering partner uses a back step.
Lexicon 07_2: Sacadas: Front - In a sacada the partners step perpendicular to one another, with one partner displacing the other. Front sacadas are those in which the entering partner uses a front step.
Lexicon 08: Double giro - A giro is a circle. In the Double Giro both dancers walk the perimeter.
Lexicon 09: Single Giro: Mark’s - A giro is a circle. In the Mark's Single Giro the Mark stays in the center of the circle and the Revel walks the perimeter.
Lexicon 10: Calesita: Single Giro: Revel’s - A giro is a circle. In the Revel's Single Giro the Revel stays in the center of the circle and the Mark walks the perimeter.

Control Elements

Lexicon 11: Crosses - The free leg crosses in front or behind the base leg.
Lexicon 12: Parada - A stop, during any point of a step or pivot.
Lexicon 13: Barrida - A barrida moves the Revel's free leg by direct contact with the Mark's free leg.
Lexicon 21: Volcada - In Volcada the partners are off balance, leaning on one another.
Lexicon 22: Colgada - In Colgada the partners are off-balance, hanging on one another.
Lexicon 23: Adorno - Adornos are unmarked embellishments. Both partners can do almost anything they want, as long as they remain reliable and predictable.
Lexicon 24: Soltada - A soltada goes out of the standard embrace.

Power Elements

Lexicon 14: Rebote - A rebote is an elastic step which returns to the origin.
Lexicon 15: Alteración - Alteración is a dynamic step, created by making a rebote who pivots and releases at a different point than the origin.
Lexicon 16: Voleo Circular - Voleo Circular maximize front and back projections during a pivot.
Lexicon 17: Linear Voleo - Voleo Linear maximize front, back, and side projections.
Lexicon 18: Gancho - Ganchos hook a voleo through the partner's leg or around the body. This is a two-week theme.
Lexicon 19: Rebote Cadera - Contra block to Revel's Pivot.
Lexicon 20: Patada - Patada is a kick, usually between the partner's legs.
Biomechanics by Theme

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