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Three things leaders can fix today

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  1. Stop turning the revel with your hands and arms, especially when you’ve lodged her into your right armpit with a forward ocho. Lead her out of there by opening space where you want her to step next. (Generally, you are wanting another front ocho somewhere in front of or to the left of your left foot.) And provide power to your intention by flexing your hips. This will activate your legs and core. Don’t push her, gently pull her.
  2. When walking forward (!!!and doing rebote forward!!!), make absolutely damn sure that your foot isn’t the first part of your body to move. If your foot is moving before you lead, the revel has to race to hit the floor at the same time. Your chest should have already moved forward before your free leg. Take a look down and check to be sure that you are leading her foot to project back before you send your own foot forward. Her foot should move first! Tip: The easiest way to fix this is to use hip flexion so that you can push on her strongly without using your arms and without taking a step yourself. 
  3. When stepping back, move just like a revel stepping back. That means send your leg back, not your torso! Imagine that your leg starts just under your ribs and send it from there. Now you’re using your core to lead!

 

 

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