When I have fun and challenging work to do, I dive into it and am a valuable, productive employee. When I am tasked with dull, repetitive, monkey work, I spend all day reading dance blogs (and the news), and thinking, and writing. I already wrote a full post about leading, but I will keep you in suspense and wait until tomorrow to post it. 😉
For now, a tidbit about technique: While practicing last night, I figured out back sacadas. I have been able to do them before now, but they weren’t always successful or clean. Last night, I learned the follower’s trick: Think about the back sacada like a back step in a molinete. Previously, I had been pivoting as far as the leader took me and then just stepping comfortably. If he pivoted me enough, I would sacada him … but it usually felt a little lackluster. Last night I completed the pivot, stepped back as if in a molinete, and *bam* there was the sacada. Clean, confident, beautiful. We worked on recognizing the sacada lead (versus just an overturned ocho without the sacada), and (*gasp*) how I can request a sacada when the leader isn’t asking me for it. When I do it confidently and clearly, it works so well. Beautiful! I love practicing, for these moments where I find that last little piece that makes a step go from just happening to really working.