8a Back Boleos

Boleos are a change of direction in ochos. In the above video, Steve changes Jackie's back ocho into a front one.

Jackie's posture is very upright
when Steve leads the boleo.
Her chest and head are
turned towards him even
though her lower body is
positioned perpendicularly
THE LEADER begins to lead a back ocho, but before the follower has a chance to shift weight to the back leg, he changes the direction of her pivot. He does this by rotating his chest in the opposite direction of her pivot. He then leads a front ocho.

The timing of the boleo is critical. You must change the direction of the ocho before the follower has shifted any weight towards her back leg. If you wait too long to start the boleo and her weight has shifted backward, she will not be able to pivot well on her axis.

THE FOLLOWER must have good balance and keep an upright posture when she does ochos. Maintaining good balance on ochos prepares her to pivot solidly on her axis whenever boleos are led (see the exercise on "Finding Your Axis" at the end of the tutorial).

The follower must also be well connected to her partner to make the boleos work. If her arms are too loose or she does not keep her chest oriented towards his, the boleos will not be sharp. Even though she keeps her upper body tightly connected to her partner, she lets her hips rotate quite freely around her axis. This causes her upper body to rotate forward in the beginning of the boleo while her hips are still rotating backward. The difference in motion between the upper body and the hips gives the boleo a dynamic look.

The follower can keep her feet together in a boleo, or she can make a half circle on the floor by letting her back leg extend as she pivots (shown above).

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