Woman Moves First

In a dancing couple, the woman moves first. Although the man gives her a marca for a movement, he does not move until she senses his marca and begins to move.

For example, he gives her a marca for a side step to the left. The marca can be the increased pressure between his right arm and the left side of her torso. This increase in the pressure between his right arm and the left side of her torso can be initiated by his pushing the floor with his right leg (to move to the left). He is pushing the floor to move his entire body to the left, and since her torso is getting in the way of his moving to the left, the pressure between the left side of her torso and his right arm (which is touching the left side of her torso) increases. At this very moment, the man should push the floor enough to increase the pressure between the left side of her torso and his right arm for it to be sensed by her as a marca, but not more to the extent where she is pushed to the side because she cannot keep balance against the pressure from him.

This is how the man starts movement but does not move first. He starts movement by giving a marca to the woman. But, he does not move first because he is only changing the pressure between him and her. Strictly speaking, he might have moved by 1/100 inch, but this is not “moving” in the sense of taking a step.

The man gives a marca to the woman without moving and waits for her to move. She senses the marca and begins to move. As soon as she moves he follows her movement so that they will remain together.

This applies to the woman’s pivot, also – the man gives a marca for a pivot of the woman, without forcefully rotating her. She senses the marca for a pivot, and starts pivotting on her own.