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|Posted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:05 pm Post subject: On2 basic step
|Some of the On1 dancers who start learning On2 feel tempted to simplify the On2 basic step so it looks and feels like the On1 basic.
I have to admit that I did the same "On2-as-On1" simplification when I took my first On2 lesson, but before the second lesson I've realized that would become a bad habit.
Let's see what's that simplification and why it is wrong:
- skip the 1 beat (don't count it, don't step on it) and then start on the 2 beat, (men: Right foot backward , women: Left foot forward), and also break (i.e. change direction) on the same 2 beat.
- step with the other foot on 3.
- on the 4 beat the feet get back together as in the initial position before start.
So, the whole basic step feels like the On1 basic, only shifted a few beats.
However, the problems with that are quite major:
A. the simplification makes actually the basic step be done on the 2-3-4 and 6-7-8 beats.
That's wrong, because all the On2 instructors and dancers count and step on 1-2-3 and 5-6-7 !
Yes, they really count and step on the 1 and 5 beats.
The name "On2" refers to the break step = the step on which the direction is changed, not to the first step.
Here is the actual On2 basic for leaders:
And the actual On2 basic for followers:
B. Notice that in the real On2 basic, after the break on 2, the weight is transfered on 3 and then on 5, so on 3-4 (the slow part of quick-quick-slow) the whole body moves slightly.
Keeping that in mind, here is another problem of the "On2-as-On1" simplification: it uses the On1 hold (the feet are together on the slow part) on 4-5 and 8-1, hence it doesn't reproduce the real weight transfer of the On2 style.
In conclusion, using that simplification while dancing with a real On2 dancer will certainly make both of you feel like you lose the connection and synchronization twice in every 4 beats measure. That's awkward and uncomfortable, and definitely not On2.
The images above are part of an interesting article from ScarletMambo.com; you can also see there a short video that shows clearly the 1-2-3 and 5-6-7 of the On2 basic:
|By "On2" in this message I was referring only to the On2 New York style (popularized by Eddie Torres), as it seems to be the main On2 style danced in Toronto. |