Arabic Basic cue count

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    Anonymous

    Is there a specific count to the arm cue for Arabic Basic? I've always cued it in 4 counts (arms plunge down and up in 4), but could you take 6 or 8 counts to complete it (say, if the music dictated it, or you wanted to give your followers more time to catch it)?

    #98292

    Anonymous

    I don't think there is a specific count, but, as you said, let the music dictate it. The arm plunge is a good enough cue that your dance partners will be able to catch it. 🙂

    #98293

    Anonymous

    I think I must often take more than 4 counts, because I find it really tricky to take only 4 when I am trying to cue the Arabic double turn!

    #98294

    Anonymous

    For me as mentioned, it depends on the music.  If I'm trying to start turning it on the next 1, I might go a little quicker.  Or if it's a faster tempo piece of music the plunge might be quick likewise if it's something slower and more melodic, I might take my time. 

    #98295

    Anonymous

    I've always done a cue plunge on the 1 and taken between 1 to 3 counts to raise the arms, depending on the music. 

    #98296

    Anonymous

    I agree about the music guiding the arms, but I often seem to lift my arms in 6 to 8 counts.  I like the way the arms float up so I seem to take my time with it usually. 

    #98297

    Anonymous

    I agree with Raven. Music guides, but in general I think 6-8 counts usually feels right for me. I think I remember seeing Wendy doing it in 6 counts in one of the FCBD drill vids.

    #98298

    Anonymous

    Great question. I´ve been wondering about that myself and definitely agree with all above. Music will guide you but then it´s nice to take longer than 4 counts. Not only makes is confusing with the Arabic Double Turn but also it seem rather rushed. Also music we dance to often works in 8 by which I mean that important changes happen after 8 counts (or 16 or 32 of course :)). And then if you take 4 counts for Arabic and then go into let´s say Sunanda, your musical change will happen inside step rather than on the 1. Some people are good at predicting the music (or rembemering transitions) and some don´t. And I have a few in my tribe that are the latter so I kinda forced them to take 8 counts for the cue which slows things down, makes everything flow together well and as a by-product makes it fit with the music on its own.  😉

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