This is the first tutorial we've ever done for the compás of seguiriya.
This marcaje is not for beginners but if you've been dancing for a few years and you want to try it, have a go.
This will challenge your sense of compás, your balance and your ability to change your focus (direction) in one beat.
The Compás of Seguiriya
Seguiriya has a very interesting compás. It is a 12 beat rhythm but it is counted in a rhythmic cycle of 5.
You can see in the image above there are beats in between the accents of the compás.
If you were to count this aloud you would pronounce it as... 1 and 2 and 3 and a 4 and a 5 and 1 and 2 etc..
Can you see the 12 beats? Take a look at the image below.
Now, a word of warning. Don't get caught up in figuring out how to count the compás. You are better off learning how to count the compás in 5 beats and learn how to sense the rhythm in your body.
The rhythm is the rhythm is the rhythm, it doesn't matter how you count it, it matters that you can here it and dance it.
This marcaje has a step on each accent.
There are two challenging sections.
The first is a little kick to the front that happens just before count 3 when you step your foot to the back. This kick needs to be sharp, it isn't meant to be big.
Kick forward and then quickly bring your foot to the back.
Then you have a change in direction. Your feet don't change position you just turn to the back (towards the shoulder of your back foot) sharply so that you arrive on count 4.
Then you turn again (in the same direction) to arrive back facing the front with your feet together on count 5.
Take a look at the video below to see the pattern of the feet.
The arms are quite simple.
The challenge is to maintain your posture and the position of your arms relative to your body when you change direction.
When you turn to the back don't leave the arm that is out to the side (and your shoulder) behind.
Everything moves together.
Watch the video below to see how the arms coordinate with the feet.
Once you have your feet and arms coordinated work on making your change in direction very clear.
That means being clear about changing your focus.
Pick and object that you can look at in each direction and actually look at it when you change directions.
Finally, you can add in hand movements to complete the marcaje.
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