L3 Sep - Oct 2019

The theme for this term is Introduction to Vals and Milonga

Weeks 6 and 7: starting October 7 and 14
In the last two weeks of the course we reviewed, refined and linked all the moves of this term for Vals and Milonga.
Here's and improvisation using Milonga moves:

See Week 3 review for video using Vals moves.

Week 5 Starting September 30
Continued with Milonga (Part 2 of 3 lessons)
Introduced Close Embrace
Reviewed and refined with an increasing focus on navigation and connection:
  • Baldosa with Single Time and Traspié
  • Parallel Cross with Traspié
(See Week 4 videos)

Week 4 Starting September 23

Introduced Milonga (Part 1 of 3 lessons)
The moves introduced were:
  • Baldosa (square) with double time (Traspié) side steps to Leader’s right:
  •  Parallel Cross Traspié:

Week 3 Starting September 16
Continued with Vals (Part 3 of 3 lessons)

1 Reviewed different endings from Cross System Cross:
  • Giro to the Right 
  • Leader's Back Step from Resolution
2. Introduced Travelling (a.k.a Walking) Back Ochos resolved with Parallel or Cross System Cross

Here with Parallel Cross:

We don't have a  current video of Travelling Ochos to Cross System Cross to Vals but you'll get the idea of how to transition from Ochos to the Cross System Cross from this:

Here's an improvisation to Vals using some of the steps we covered over the past three lessons. Note that Ochos Cortado also works well to Vals:

Next week we start our first lesson of Milonga!

Week 2 Starting September 9

We continued with Vals (Part 2)

We reviewed Giro to the Right from Cross System and Parallel Cross - noticing the difference between dancing to Vals and Tango.

The move introduced was Giro to the Left from Cross System Cross:

Week 1 Starting September 2
We started the term with the romantic Vals!

Vals is 3/4 timing - meaning only 3 beats to the bar.
We stepped to single time Vals - stepping only on the 1, and then double time - stepping on the 1 and 2 but not 3. 
It is also possible to do double time on the 3-1 and not step on 2 (but this takes more practice).

The double time in Vals feels faster than double time in Tango. It also feels more lilting and less regular / even than Tango.
The space after last double time step in Vals and next single time step feels longer than in Tango.

Songs for practicing
Go here for Sophia's Vals Spotify List
If you're not on Spotify go here for Youtube links of some good songs to practice to:

The following move was covered:
  • Cross System Cross Combination - Ending side step to the Right, change weight, Step back on the Left leg.
In this video Paul angles the combination: