Saturday, November 22, 2008

On the volcada

I just saw a rather terrible video from YouTube (on another blogger's website) on leading the volcada...terrible in that it was a terrible example of how to lead (and follow) the volcada...

Here's how you do it...

Take the follower's axis...and make a little tiny "J" with it...

There's a lot more to it than that, but I'm being deliberately/overly brief, because you can't learn it from a friggin' YouTube video...

Here's a good example (in the first part of the video, to "El Once") of more languid, fluid, elegant volcadas, although these are "big", "non-social" volcadas with rather extreme apilado. The lower backs of most women I know can't take the stress of big volcadas. Plus there's the trust issue. Gustavo has a penchant for counter-clockwise rotating reverse volcadas, but they are volcadas nonetheless.

Have a look, but hire a really good teacher to show you how to properly lead and follow a volcada.

2 comments:

Alex said...

Clarification...you take her axis...the end of which is 'pinned' into the ground...the other end is the one you make the little 'J' with...

Just be sure you pick up the end of her axis (change her weight) and give her time to uncross when you walk out...

Elizabeth said...

Alex, Volcada is interesting because it is so scary when done wrong, and so yummy when it works. And good advice you bive about not learning it from video, but rather from a good teacher. It is pretty dangerous I think.
Thanks for being a "friend".
E