Ok this is Chicho and Lucía dancing at La Viruta during the 12 years anniversary of La Viruta.
One thing I can say about this couple before I begin is that I love their musicality, also how they flawlessly move from Nuevo to Tango to Apilado, with a hint of Cuban Casino Style thrown in for fun. To say the least this is a fun video, I have a friend who had the pleasure of dancing with Chicho in Northern California a few months ago and she said it was amazing.
On to the goods:
:06 Sec:Chicho’s hop step, usually I only see the followers tip their shoes up like that, I get chided for it a lot but it’s a salsa habit, my foot pops, it won’t stop, so I like it when I see a master doing it for fun. Note how he sneaks it in without disturbing Lucia’s flow, he does it again at at :42, and 1:47 sec.
:53 sec: oh the musicality! I love the way they go from a syncopated series of sacadas and walking to being smooth and flowy with the music. (this is why we all should listen to tango music often)
1:03 sec: Nice front Boleo to a back sacada for Lucia.
1:14 sec:Ok the syncopation here begs to be looked at twice so stop the clip and look at it again, I’ve looked at it about twenty times. It will take me a month to step like that to the music by myself, then I’ll have to find someone to teach me how to lead it properly!
1:17sec: they both hop, so it can be led!
1:25 sec: Check out the syncopated Barridas! smooth, smooth, smooth!!
1:59 sec: Just a touch of Apilado to straight Tango as if to say, ‘yeah, we do can do that too’.
2:20 sec: Very nice slow Volcada back to Tango.
2:27 sec: This for me was the highlight of the video Listen to the music here and watch how the back sacada fits perfectly. I love him and I hate him at the same time, and I’m still kicking myself for missing this guy’s classes on his last tour through CA.
Last but not least I think i should mention that his partner Lucia is amazing, I saw only one missed cue in the whole dance and it made me respect her more for the graceful way in which she maintained her connection, she is Amazing.
Enjoy the clip, I have a few more Fumbroli clips coming up so tune back in soon,