Guapea

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#1
Do you include the Guapea in your salsa? What rhythm do you dance? Any tips on leading/following? You can see it here starting around 0:26

 

tangotime

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#3
Er...no...
The "thing" that I learned was guapea wasn't so open. It was more facing-each-other.
Its an old mambo variation that ,starts in closed position to a back break for both ,and then ,the Promenade`position:developing the back break first ,assists in adding the Prom.to the sequence . And, not ideal for leading to a follow, who has little or no exposure to the variation .
 

ajiboyet

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#4
Its an old mambo variation that ,starts in closed position to a back break for both ,and then ,the Promenade`position:developing the back break first ,assists in adding the Prom.to the sequence . And, not ideal for leading to a follow, who has little or no exposure to the variation .
Ah. The "basic" that rueda dancers use then, what's it called?
 

tangotime

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#5
Ah. The "basic" that rueda dancers use then, what's it called?
Any time a couple go from closed to open position, both breaking backwards , is a "separation " break.. NOT an " Open " break, which achieves the same result ,but , commences from a side break .

One needs to look at origins of specific figures, and many, were developed from Bolero.
You may give them any name you wish, but they still will be the same concept.

As to Rueda.. have little or no interest in the style, which, to me, is Square/Round dance ,to latin music .
 

ajiboyet

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#6
Any time a couple go from closed to open position, both breaking backwards , is a "separation " break.. NOT an " Open " break, which achieves the same result ,but , commences from a side break .

One needs to look at origins of specific figures, and many, were developed from Bolero.
You may give them any name you wish, but they still will be the same concept.

As to Rueda.. have little or no interest in the style, which, to me, is Square/Round dance ,to latin music .
Ahhh...history and theory...not my cup of tea in Salsa, I must confess.
 

vit

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#9
123tap is just rough rule in cuban salsa. As terence said, more advanced dancers are using their feet creatively - exchanging steps and taps, adding additional steps or omitting them. What is important is that your leading is not affected by changed footwork. Also, sometimes doing the tap just isn't comfortable - for instance, when doing a very common amalgamation - enchufla into dile que no, most people do the first tap (in enchufla) and omit the second one (before going to DQN)

As about guapea, it's just time marking figure, between the exit from DQN and the next figure is called. Someone told me a while ago that it is to be used only in rueda and not when dancing cuban salsa in a couple (which seems to comform with various clips I found on youtube). Usual way seems to be LF back and then RF fwd (for the man just opposite than usual basic step in linear salsa). Sometimes people are facing each other whole of the time, sometimes they turn to the center of rueda at the end of guapea. Sometimes they are using a differrent footwork, moving more sideways etc

Above clip is nice, but I think it isn't really a good representative of how it is danced in Cuba. This one could be better - a well known dancer - although it seems that it is quite modern way of dancing, also it is a combination of casino and elements from afro-cuban rumba. And no guapeas

 
#10
Ok, thanks for the clarification. Sounds like that rhythm is just an embellishment and the Guapea need not have that rhythm. Good to know as I just added it to a shine combination in a class I taught this week. I had several ladies and no men and had to get creative. I used 123tap, but otherwise pretty similar, and called it the Guapea.
 
#14
We recently returned from a vacation in Cuba. This move was used in every dance. When we returned home here to Canada, we decided to take Cuban Salsa and it is the first move we learned after the basic step. Our instructors are Cuban Canadians.

As stated in another posting...usually not so open but I like the look of it in the video as very fluid.
 

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