Today we want to share with you an excerpt from a masterclass that Jose taught for our members last year.
The class was for the palo of Soleá por Bulerías and to begin the short combination that José created he set 3 compás of palmas as the salida or entrance before the first llamada.
Before we get started here is a question for you.
How often have you had to do palmas before the first official ‘step’ of a dance or combination and just spent the whole time you were doing the palmas thinking about that first step?
There is actually more to those first compás than meet the eye and you can use them to set yourself up for success or you can spend them nervously thinking about what you have to do when you start dancing.
For you the dancer, those first moments are an opportunity to connect with the rhythm, the music and set your intention internally about what you’re about to do.
Those first moments are an opportunity to connect with the rhythm, the music and set your intention internally about what you’re about to do.
For the audience watching you, it is also an opportunity to connect to the rhythm and the music and most importantly to connect with you the dancer.
If you are nervous, those watching you will feel some unease but if are you confident and sure about what you plan to do, if you enter with ‘peso’ the audience will be able to relax and go with you as you start dancing.
In the video below José makes a very small change to how I use my mirada (gaze) as I enter to perform the combination and as he says in the video it changes everything.
Ok, take a look at the video below and you’ll see what I mean.
What did you think? Could you see the difference?
Give it a go yourself right now. Play the video again and just listen so you can use the sound of Jose’s palmas as accompaniment.
What did you notice when you did this exercise for yourself?