Right to Right Drag in Back Ocho

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DT: In naming figures, Andrew, you suggested that the shorthand way of doing it is that the first indication is the leader's, and the second the follower's. So, a "right to right drag" would be leader's right to follower's right. Is that a widely followed convention?

Andrew: I believe so. Everyone that I have studied with has always called a step from the leader's first movement and the follower's response.

DT: "Right to Right Drag" or "right to right" anything suggests that someone has to change their footwork to allow that to happen.

Andrew: We start with weight on opposite feet, but before the drag we have already become "same-footed" when we got into the back ocho. So no further syncopation is needed for the drag.

DT: We've seen arrastres from the parada, from the molinete, and here we see it from the back ocho. Kana, are all arrastres equal? is there a difference receiving the drag in the Back Ocho and receiving the drag in the Molinete?

Kana: Almost none. I think drag is just drag. The entrance is different, how to get there is different. The principal is all the same.

The Keys:
Generally the norm is feet parallel -- if the leader steps left the follower is stepping right; if leader right, follower left. Some figures, like this one, require the leader and follower to be on the same foot at the same time (leader steps right, follower steps right), which is referred to a "same-footed" or "cross-footed". Here the man is dragging the lady's right with his right, so he must be same-footed. He becomes same-footed in the course of leading the back ocho, so no other syncopation is necessary.

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