Introduction to bata de cola technique - part 2

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Today we are continuing with our look at the technique for the bata de cola!

In the last post we talked about the the position of the leg used to support the bata de cola so it can be moved. This position, which is borrowed from classical ballet technique, is called ‘attitude’.

You can see Jose demonstrating this position in the image below.

Bata de cola technique | 'attitude' position of the leg

It is one thing to be able to hold the position correctly, it is another proposition altogether to be able to maintain the position while the leg is moving!

We need to be able to do this because our aim is to be able to move the train of the bata de cola with all the grace and ease in the world.

On the outside everything appears relaxed and easy, on the inside we are working very hard to keep it all together.

Finding the centre of the bata

Now that we have this position of the leg in mind we need to think about where we need to pick the bata de cola up from.

Every time you lift the bata de cola with your leg you need to find the centre of the train.

Every time you lift the bata de cola with your leg you need to find the centre of the train.

Look at the image below. Do you see the seam that runs down the back of the train? I've highlighted it for you. That is the centre.

Bata de cola technique | find the centre of the bata de cola with your leg

 

No matter where the bata de cola is you need to always aim for the centre of the train.

In our technique class ‘técnica - bata de cola José explains how to do this as the bata starts moving and lands in different positions around your body.

 

Developing a sense of where the bata is at all times

When you first start trying to dance with the bata de cola it seems impossible to think that you’ll be able to find the centre of the train.

It is not easy to do!

It is important to remember is that it is not an exact art, the bata de cola will not always move or land the way you expect it to.

You have a set of guidelines that you try to aim for and then, as you dance, you improvise based on those guidelines so you can keep moving forward.

A bit like life really isn't it 😉

With that in mind, developing your sense of where the bata de cola is when you are dancing is all important.

Dance is all about building memories of physical sensations.

When the bata moves and things go wrong what did it feel like? What does it feel like when everything works?

When the bata moves and things go wrong what did it feel like? What does it feel like when everything works?

With experience this will become easier, the bata will feel like an extension of your body and your sense of proprioception will extend to include the bata de cola.

You will still have moments where things don’t go to plan, but when you are prepared and have many options ready to go, you can rescue yourself from any situation.

If you'd like to study bata de cola technique more deeply we recommend you take a look at the class we've just added to danza estudio Flamenco Bites.

Watch the video below to see a preview of the class.

If you'd like to try a preview of this class you can join danza estudio Flamenco Bites with a free account and take a peek.

 

If you have any questions we'd love to hear from you in the comments below!