Does anyone dance Vals on 2? I mean, emphasis on the second beat as opposed to the first as it is normally danced to.
Is it a practice exercise you do?
Does it feel good at all to followers?
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The question is
does any do it?
How does it feel?
Have you asked a follower?
But to change the question: emphasis on “2” could mean so much, like dancing 1,2,* – which emphasizes the 2, much more than stepping on *,2,*. But doesn’t 1,*,3 also emphasize the 2?
Ballroom Waltz emphasizes the 2 in a completely different way.
There’s no answer, besides to the question of “how does it feel” and “do you want it to feel that way, now?”.
Oh, and try *,2,3 when the music offers it.
I was just curious if people have played with this type of stuff. All the classes I’ve been to, they normally emphasize the cross using a certain rhythm or emphasizing the one in a vals. Rarely do they more than lightly encourage trying out different interpretations or go a bit into what different feelings it can make more prominent.
I’ve done it in classes and as an exercise, but I’ve never experienced a leader lead it socially that I recall. However, it may have been led and it felt natural, so I didn’t notice. Usually, if it feels natural to you (as my leader) and you’re not having to force it, then it will feel natural to me. If it feels like an exercise to you – then likewise, it will feel that way to me. Which is okay for practica, less so for milongas.
True, but most things we all (now naturally) do started out as exercises.. 🙂
The only person I know that routinely practices “off-the-beat” rhythms is Chicho. I took a class with him once and almost nobody was able to get it. But I don’t recall if we ever tried it with vals.
Like Mari said, if I’ve done it, I wasn’t aware of it, although recent adventures with visiting milongueros who played with the off beat might have qualified. Either way, I really enjoy it when the lead plays with the rhythm, so I’m sure I’d be entertained.
That’s nice to hear Johanna. I’ve been in a class where Tomas Howlin was pushing people to try out out of the beat stuff, but that was not the whole point, it was just a tip or something to keep in the back of our minds.
My musicality ideas still change a lot, which I’ve been thinking, may be good a thing. 🙂
Staying flexible with rhythms will ensure you have a long and creative tango life, Padawan 🙂
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