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Theme: Rhythmical orchestras

In this class, we continued our exploration of simple rhythmical steps that can be used on rhythmical orchestras, like D'Arienzo. We focused on changes of weight - how to lead them, how to follow and how to make them look pretty.

Summary video


Change of weight in a box


  • To enter into the change of weight in a box, you need to first lead a side step shorter for your partner than your’s and walk on her inside lane.
  • To indicate the change of weight clearly, you need to gently tilt your partner to amplify the move from your feet. In this step, because you are changing your own weight from your right foot to your left foot, you’ll need to tilt to the left, e.g. raise the right shoulder.
  • When you go backwards, make sure you reposition your body at neutral, i.e. “untilt” yourself.


  • Try and maintain a strong frame with your arms so that the lead can be transmitted directly to your feet, without any loss of energy. If your embrace is too soft, it will be difficult for you to perceive the lead for the change of weight and respond quickly enough, especially in double beat.
  • You’ll be going backwards and forwards with the left leg.

Both followers and leaders

  • When changing weight, make sure you transfer your weight fully from one leg to the other. Avoid keeping your axis in the middle of your body and shuffling your feet, as this is not a very clear lead for your partner.
  • Always pass by neutral when dancing and collect your feet, or your feet won’t be rightly positioned for the change of weight.
  • When changing weight, collect your feet. Always change weight with your feet neatly together.


Repeat changes of weight in a box


  • The beginning of the step is the same as before but there is one additional change of weight when going backwards. Leaders, you’ll be going forwards and backwards with the right leg only.


  • You’ll be going forwards and backwards with the left leg.


See you soon on the dancefloor,

Nati y Bruno