Dancemax Letter #27, Thursday, Nov 30, 2000
Teaching Latin - Cucaracha
In last letter I said, how different versions are of latin, from one teacher
to the other. I guess the reason is obvious, latin is so versatile, so a
champ teacher can bring his or her own style and technique into it and make
it look real "Good." The question though is: Is it good for our students
specially so for the beginner ones? Let's discuss Cucaracha in Rumba.
Cucaracha: (Arthur Murray syllabus we call this Second Position Break). Left foot cucaracha will be: Step 1, left foot to side, Step 2. transfer weight back to right foot, Step 3. close left foot to right foot.You can do right foot cucaracha starting with right foot to side. Cucaracha movement has many variations. The side cucaracha is the most basic form. I would like to emphazsize the following points.
I am sure there are different interpretations of this step. The above criteria presented, I hope will satisfy a basic instruction requirement. I had made some observations while training to be a Surgeon. Every single teacher of mine had a different technique and different approach. I had to apply some common sense and I am glad I had some. In my heart, I would question everything they were telling me. Then, I went to the text books, studied, discussed a lot with friends, saw all of them operate and finally I always looked at their results. Initially I was "cocky" but In the end, I would say, they all had so much more to offer but it was my decision to analyze and decide what worked for me. I don't think Dancing is any different.
Best Wishes and pray for Florida, Max
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