Ghost Guide To Tango: Boleos
- Principle: to throw
- Difference between a front boleo and a gancho lead
- Practice Sequences
NB It's still a boleo if her foot doesn't leave the ground.
Triangles - Look at relative position of feet - either an isosceles or equilateral.
Much easier if the leader's legs are apart.
Easy way to practice distinguishing between a front boleo and a gancho lead: Sidestep left lead offsets to the left, lead's right leg anti-clockwise sacadas follow's left leg around to back ocho / planeo.
Image: back ocho / planeo
Slight carpe. Overturn the planeo anti-clockwise, lead bends his knee and leads follow to a backstep. Results in a gancho.
Straighten lead's leg to sacada her out into a front boleo
Image: front boleo
Image: Front boleo
The lead will feel the pressure build "like the bamboo leaf bends under the weight of the snow" until there comes a moment where "the clump of snow releases" the energy back into her frame to create the boleo.
If the lead was standing in a sidestep with split weight, the lead wants to be in the middle where her body is at the start of the pivot leading into the boleo. As she moves across to the left the lead moves to the right, building up the boleo. When it releases they are both at opposite ends like a colgada. The lead goes cw to the left and the follow boleos cw to the right. It's this energy that creates the boleo.
As if stepping around a big rock, so slightly curved steps.
Slight lifting motion with left hand / right hand (depending on which they follow)
Image: backwards boleo
From back sacada
Image: back sacada
Entrance:1. From giro, on forward ocho change direction and overturn to get front boleo 2. From back sacada to back boleo
Image: back boleo
to front boleo
Image: front boleo
Without momentum, she'll either step forwards to set up a planeo
or do a castigada.
Precede by this back linear boleo - By far the easiest entrance is to do a sacada to boleo in b ochos and not actually lead the sacada. Literally just stand there.
Or sidestep right and sacada her left leg across. If done at speed can pivot her around. Then reverse into rear boleo.
Or sidestep left lead offsets to the left, lead's right leg acw sacadas follow's left leg around to b ocho / planeo. Slight carpe. Overturn the planeo acw, lead bends his knee and leads follow to to a backstep. Results in a gancho. Can straighten lead's leg to sacada her out into a front boleo
Note: Can do front boleo to beginning of front step, reverse to front boleo as a way to move in a line to her right
Basically lead a cross from a normal walk.
Image: normal walk
to get her to do a front boleo
Image: front boleo
By far the easiest entrance is to do a sacada to front boleo in back ochos.
Image: back ochos
and not actually lead the sacada. Literally just stand there. Her inside foot will do a linear boleo.
Image: linear boleo
Alternatively the \_/ shaped West Manhattan move ends in it cleanly,
Image: West Manhatten
Image: West Manhatten boleo
but needs to go into a lunge immediately after
Animal's shaking out a towel. Imagine shaking sand out a beach towel. There's a whipping motion. The top of the towel (her shoulders) stay pretty much in place, but the bottom flies out and then back (her foot). Following through with leg on the same side as she's doing it is popular. Can still go into lunge even if she doesn't boleo. Lead closes embrace to add impulse and then extends embrace and lead leans back into it like a colgada. NB The foot you want to boleo must be free of the ground before you start ie she's started stepping.
It is easier to lead the initial impulse in cross system.
The impulse comes from the body through the arms, rather than from the arms.
In close embrace rather than opening or closing the embrace it's more a feeling of "stretching the follow up"
Can extend the side version into a lunge.
Forward linear boleo
Image: Bianca's back ocho
Technique:Need to imagine Bianca standing off to one side and you're going to ask her at the end what she thought. Get's you to turn more to face her which creates the necessary space for the frame. You don't stand in horse stance behind her, but rather leaning to one side, more in cat stance so you can face "Bianca". Your unweighted leg is the one that's going to be ganchoed.
Can also be done with the lead in this stance.
Image: Bianca's back ocho 2
Lead straightens leg to impel her off.
Sidestep left to lady sandwiching lead's right, gancho. Pause. Sacada her off into b ocho and reverse. Open out slightly and lead's right foot pivots cw slightly and moves down to towards the toes of her right foot. She should castigada on her own (it's an adornment)
- Christopher O'Shea