arc arms followed by Chico

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  • #74782

    Anonymous

    Last weekend one of the newest dancers followed arc arms with Chico.  She got mad props for working on combos, but most of us missed the Chico and thought it was a counter clockwise pivot bump.  (If you have even tried to recover a Chico mid move, you know that it is a crazy, mixed-up mess.)  We laughed at the break between sets, talked about giving a clearer cue or waiting a little longer, and messed it up again in the second set!  I have the luxury of reviewing the footage of it, and I can't quite figure out how we missed it.  How would you cue the Chico out of arc arms?  Or, maybe it's tricky because the arms don't change from the end of one move to the beginning of the next.

    #96533

    Anonymous

    They are two related moves, but with very different characters.  The Choo Choo/Arc Arm comes from a Pivot Bump setup (right arm down through the center and out to arm position #1) and also points straight forward to the audience.  So your head, hip and hand point to the front.  The Chico has a sharp and fast cue into the right front corner.  Head, hip and hand point into the corner.  The energy of this one is 50% higher than the Arc Arm because you only get 2 bumps into each corner, whereas the Arc Arm Turn is a pivoting turn with several bumps to get around.So, the two main identifiers depend on angle of the head/hip/hand and speed.

    #96534

    Anonymous

    Just following through with what Sandi said, Leslie: at the end of the Arc Arms, you'd still be on a sharp performance angle, with face and right hand to front. So the cue into Chico would involve several sharp but subtle gestures toward front right corner: the face turns, right wrist and arm “snap”, right hip bumps, right foot steps, and body angle opens, all toward front right corner. It would have to be done very crisply and decisively to be clear, since the general stance in Arms 1 doesn't change. Generally I wouldn't put those two moves together unless dancing with experienced dancers who know me.

    #96535

    Anonymous

    Thanks.  Nancy, this is exactly what I thought too.  As a teacher, I try to regularly point out that moves with similar arms not be used consecutively.  Chico, like you said, needs to be VERY intentional. 

    #96536

    Anonymous

    Keep in mind that you are still doing the opening cue for Pivot Bump (right arm down through the center and out) for the Chico, it's just a lot faster. 

    #96537

    Anonymous

    Sandi, are you saying that, at the end of your Arc Arms (so you're in Arms 1), you'd need to bring the right arm back overhead, then swing into the Chico? That would be clearer for followers (but would take a fast hustle to execute). I was thinking of moving from Arms 1 straight into the Chico-wrist/arm-to corner.

    #96538

    Anonymous

    Right, it would be a quick gesture, so the arm may not have the time to go all the way up, but at least center and out.  2:30 from Pivot Bump to Chico (really fast) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=230i8OHl4H0

    #96539

    Anonymous

    Oh my goodness!! That was SMOKIN'!! 🙂

    #96540

    Anonymous

    Thanks much for the reference vid, Sandi. Yes, I see what you mean now! That quick swoopy gesture you made makes the transition so much clearer — and is pretty, too. Thanks!!

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