Today we have for you a simple marcaje that you will find you can use in many different situations and as an exercise you can use it to work on developing movement of the hips.
Each video below is a different layer of movement with the last video at the bottom combining everything together.
Let's start with the feet...
This marcaje is danced on a 3-beat rhythmic cycle. Each step is on a new beat.
Let's look at the example of going to the right side first.
Count 1 - step sideways onto the right foot,
Count 2 - step on to the left foot by crossing it behind the right foot.
Count 3 - step back on to the right foot.
Repeat on the left side in the same way.
Take a look at the video below.
For some of us taking one foot behind the other in this way can be a challenge.
If that is the case for you take it slowly and try to keep the movement under your hips. Don't let the upper body sway when you step on to the foot that crosses behind. If you need to, make the step smaller to keep control.
Ok, let's move on to the movement of the hips.
In the next video I am isolating the movement of my hips from side to side without moving my torso.
You'll notice that the movement is quite sharp. I'm doing it this way just for practice, when I combine the hip movement with the marcaje later on everything will be become much more fluid.
Remember to keep your knees flexed. It is very hard to do this with straight legs.
PIES Y CADERA
Next we combine the hip movement with the feet. Here my hip movement still looks quite sharp. It doesn't need to be but if you're struggling to coordinate the two, exaggerating the movement a little at the beginning won't hurt.
Now we have feet and hips working together let's add in some arms and hand movement.
The arms will stay on the same position throughout the marcaje so you have plenty of time to focus on the movement of the wrists and hands. Really try to work on separating the fingers and remember that the elbows need to be lifted at all times and unaffected by the hand movement.
Finally, movement of the head!
This is the icing on the cake. The head moves from diagonal to diagonal (not side to side) and is not super sharp. It follows the swing of the step and adds to the overall movement.
Something I am personally working on in class is to try and make my head movement more natural and less robotic. Sometimes it doesn't need to be such a big movement of the head, it can be what José calls a gesture of the head in each direction.
That's why it's important to remember we're not moving the head from side to side but diagonal to diagonal. Something to play with!
There is so much to work on with this marcaje it is another step that is great to have in your repertoire to use when you need to call something up in a moment's notice (hint - bulerias!).
Do you have any questions about this marcaje? Let us know in the comments below.