Where does rotational power come from?

This is a very simple and crucial question. And understanding it makes dancing so much more straightforward.

Marks tend to yank or hurl on their limbs in order to create rotation, destabilizing themselves.

Rotation around our own spine is controlled by the obliques, shaded light blue in the image at right.

Muscles work most strongly when their insertion points are stable. That means that if you yank your shoulder or hurl your free leg in an attempt to create strength in your turn you are actually undermining the work of the only muscles that can actually do it.

Keep your body stable, using hip flexion. Then use the oblique muscles to rotate your body around the spine.

Use this technique to mark ochos and giros and to revel ocho, voleo-circular, and all pivots.

I want you to know that you are not alone…

… neither in your dreams for tango nor in your frustrations.

My deepest desire is the same as all my students and friends … those who have yet to start dancing and those who dance a lot.

It’s partnership.

One thing I’ve learned on this quest, we need to:

Stop Waiting for Partners, and start Building them.

I’ve written a 10-step Action Plan.

Are you ready to find the Partners you want?

 

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