Momentum, Impulse and Velocity
In this class, Marcelo Gutierrez teaches you how to utilize impulse, velocity, and momentum to create a sequence of steps. The sequence he demonstrates draws squares of movement on the dance floor and plays with the idea of impulse, momentum, and direction.
Becoming proficient with using these concepts will thereby help you improve at changing the dynamics of your steps and the quality of movement between you and your partner on the dance floor.
In this segment, Marcelo starts off by discussing the concept of leaders using their impulse, to generate momentum, to lead followers through a series of steps on the dance floor.
After that, Marcelo walks you through a series of exercises to playfully examine the feeling of impulse and momentum. In addition to that, he places heavy emphasis on showing leaders how to use their body mass to manipulate the momentum they’ve created. Likewise, he also demonstrates how leaders can properly communicate this information to their followers during the dance.
There is no partner is necessary for the Technique Segment of this class.
Next, in the Steps Segment, Marcelo takes it to the next level and brings in a partner to help demonstrate these concepts of “impulse and momentum.” For the most part, this segment is all about playing with using the leader’s impulse to generate momentum and then using the leader’s mass to manipulate the momentum that has been created.
Marcelo subsequently walks you through lots of repetitions of the steps to help reinforce the information being taught. Furthermore, many of the repetitions and examples are shown at different speeds and angles, to help you better conceptualize things.
Finally, and as always—practice, practice, practice!