Milonga Traspié and Ochos
In their Milonga Traspié and Ochos class, Hugo Patyn and Celina Rotundo teach different levels of combination and footwork for Milonga. They start off leading in shoulder and ankle rotations as well as isolation exercises that help loosen the muscles up for the quick-step of the Milonga. The technique exercises focus on the box-step combinations and introduce you to partner syncopations.
After reviewing the box-step pattern, Hugo and Celina add in partner syncopations and traspié. Together in the steps, they show you variations of front and back ochos, traspiés, and rebounds from ochos. To conclude, Hugo and Celina show you how to combine the steps and techniques from the lesson into one beautiful milonga combination.
This is an Intermediate-Advanced level class.
In the technique segment, Hugo and Celina start off by guiding you in shoulder and feet rotation exercises. These exercises loosen up your muscles for the fast-paced Milonga dance. Next, they show you the classic, six-step box step moving pattern of the milonga. This classic milonga step is the base for the rest of the lesson.
Later in the segment, they show you weight-shift exercises to loosen up your feet with quick movement, and weight-shifts. This practice is for coming back to center. These exercises work on isolating your upper body so that you move like a pendulum as you work on turns and box step combinations. After that, you will start moving in a sharp Z-shaped pattern across the dance floor and shorten your steps as the rhythm increases. After this exercise, Hugo and Celina guide you in partner syncopations as you move with one another and collect in the center.
Hugo and Celina start the steps segment of the class by reviewing the box step while adding in a traspié with a pivot. With the fast-pace of the milonga, couples do not have enough time to lift their weight with every step. You will learn how to lead and follow to slide without collecting your steps back in the center.
Hugo and Celina begin introducing ocho combinations into the Milonga. Hugo teaches you how to lead back ochos with arm placements and movement. Then you will learn variations of back ochos and pivots with upper-body isolations while facing your partner.
Next, Hugo and Celina show you how to do front and back rebounds from ochos with together. Afterward, Celina will show you how to follow the lead with proper foot placement for ochos and traspiés.
Finally, you put all the techniques you learned into one beautiful advanced Milonga combination.
Learn more about Hugo and Celina on their website.