Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cross Body Lead

By John Yamanaka, Kalealoa

There was always a very pleasant 180 degree left turn (in Spanish called la media vuelta.) The right music and the right time and it is just pleasant as heaven. But of course, the aficionados are always looking for something new. How about a little fancier "half left turn?" A natural was the Cross Body Lead which since has become a basic and can be done in any dance. In Ballet? You'd bettah believut. I said "any" dance. It is just a easy basic movement. Just don't try it in International.

"Here In My Heart" by Al Martino

In a normal hold the man opens the way for the lady by turning to his left by 90°and leads her forward across him. The lady walks the basic steps across, does a half left turn and ends up facing her partner and the opposite direction she was facing to start with. At the same time, the man does another quarter left turn in order to face the lady. At the end of the action, the dancers have reversed their original directions and we all know how pleasant that can be.


From the Test Book, the Cross Body Lead

Yet another essential part of the dancer's repertoire, the Cross Body Lead is a turning version of the basic step, giving dancers more liberty to move freely around the dance floor.The Cross Body Lead is normally danced with a total of 1/2 turn to the left, but most interesting is the difference of timing between the man and lady's turn:

The man will first turn away from the lady, and she will turn later. This results in the lady passing briefly in front of the man, giving the Cross Body Lead its name. The man turns away from lady, leading her to dance in front of his body from his right side to his left.

As an alternative to the basic closed position, the Cross Body Lead can also be danced in open facing position using a one or two-hand hold. At this point you could be a very nice dancer.

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