The concept behind a Callback is instead of letting the follower complete their traveling turn, leaders redirect her into walking back along the slot returning her back to the starting point. There are many moves that involve direction changes such as the Copa. It’s important that a follower not over commit into a turn so that she can effectively follow re-directions. Practicing Callbacks will help you improve in this area.
TIP: Followers make sure you move along the slot for this move
The Basket/Butterfly is a move where the leader moves around the girl. The two dancers are briefly trading places with one another. The footwork for the followers is essentially a modified basic step with a cross over On2.
Strike a pose for the Copa! Think of this move as a quick direction change. The leader brings the follower towards him into a pose on the 1 and then quickly directs the follower away from him for the rest of the bar (A bar is a measure of music and consists of 8 counts.). The Copa is a move that happens suddenly but not with out warning. Remember leaders to always prepare the follower for the Copa with an open break on the 5 – 6 – 7.
The first move that I’d like to introduce for level 2 is multiple spins. Being able to follow/lead double spins is a central part of social dancing. In this tutorial we will show you the proper technique for practicing multiple spins and how to properly prepare for a spin.
TIP: It’s not just the followers who should know how to spin. It’s also impressive to see a leader who is able spin.
TIP: Being able to spin well makes you a lighter follower.
TIP: Try and set up a schedule to practice spins. Just like going to the gym on a regular basis will help you get in shape, having a consistent practice schedule is the key to building up your spinning ability.
We will need a lot of practice in order to master our 8 basics. You’ve learned your first combo already, let’s learn another!
Think of each move in your 8 basics like a Lego piece that can be combined with any other Lego piece. There’s a lot that you can do with just these 8 moves. Mathematically, the number of possible permutations for just 8 items would be 40,320. That’s a lot of different arrangements! For followers, this means it’s important to learn to understand the signals and improve reaction time rather than learning the routines. Following is not the same as memorizing choreography. On the dance floor, these moves could come in any order.
This is the last part of our beginner combo. We will now apply everything that we’ve learned before from lessons 1 through 11 and put it all together. This combination now includes all eight of the basic steps from Beginner level 1:
1. Basic Step
2. Cross body Lead
3. Traveling Left Turn
4. Stationary Single Right Turn
5. Catwalk & Left Turn
6. Open Break
7. Broken Left Turn
8. Traveling Right Turn
There are many different ways we can combine the 8 basic steps above. To master our 8 basics, we’ll need to learn how to combine the moves in different ways which we will demonstrate in the next few lessons.