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Vals - Part 1 - Hesitation Steps and Change of Direction

Teachers: Clint Rauscher and Shelley Brooks

This is part 1 of a series in vals (waltz). In this class, we look at vals with a special emphasis on finding the 1 (the strong beat) and then using either the 2 or the 3 (the weak beats). We suggested that finding the 1 is the most important thing in vals, because we almost always step on the 1. We also put forward, that in our opinion, the most used rhythm in vals is stepping on the 1 and the 2 and skipping the 3... so most of the time we are going to be dancing using the following rhythmic pattern... 1,2,-,1,2-,1,2,-... instead of trying to step on all 3 beats. After you are comfortable using the 1 and 2 while skipping the 3, we recommend then working on using the 1 and 3 while skipping the 2.

We then looked using this rhythmic structure in hesitation steps and a dynamic ocho cortado with a change of direction.