Sentada from Back Ocho

DT: Is she actually sitting there?

Andrew: She is not sitting, she is resting or leaning on our leg. If the follower is as tall as I am, I can time this so that my thigh is under her leg and she can sit down on my leg.

DT: In this particular video it would appear that the contact is your knee to her thigh.

Andrew: Right.

Kana: Right around in the middle of the soft part of the back of my thigh.

DT: Main points?

Andrew: My left arm is higher than I normally place it. That not only adds style, it also adds stability for the follower. We bring our left arm back towards our head. The other issue is our timing. When we turn her on her back ocho, we are pivoting 180 degrees, and we need to start going into a lunge just as we're halfway through that turn.And we have to sink lower than the follower. And that's again while we raise our left arm because that will keep her timing a little bit behind ours so we can get our right knee under her leg. For the followers, they should extend that left leg back as long as possible, -- point the toes out, keep the leg as straight as possible for style and elegance.

DT: Do you lead that extension at all?

Andrew: We do lead it we because we overturn the back ocho and as we overturn it, as I said, as we get halfway there through the overturned back ocho, we start to go down -- we bring the follower down, so her leg has to go out behind her. As far as the styling is concerned, that's something the follower has to develop perhaps doing it in the mirror or if you have a video camara to video yourself from time to time -- to make the subtle adjustments that make a world of difference.

DT: Here's an impossible question, how many times should intermediate dancers do this figure before they become comfortable with it?

Andrew: It varies of course, but if they are doing practice sessions -- if they repeat this 20 times with a familiar partner, they should be able to execute this with no problem.

DT: Would you try something like this in social dancing with an unfamiliar partner?

Andrew: Always, I do (laughs).

DT: What's the success rate?

Andrew: Ninety per cent. If it doesn't work well, the problem will be that the follower's back leg does not extend back enough or she will not pivot enough on the overturned back ocho so she won't be able to sit on our leg.

DT: Kana, is this figure done exclusively at the end of the song?

Kana: Not necessarily, as long as the music allows it, it can be done in middle of song too.

DT: Any thought on this figure?

Kana: Here I am doing more of lunge line than sitting. There are figures also where the follower actually sits, crossing her legs.

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It may be underappreciated that certain figures, more than others, take repeated tries and attention to get right. Above, Andrew guesses it may take "20 times with a familiar partner" to feel comfortable with the figure on this page.

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