Cross System and Parada with Planeo
In the natural system the man steps with the opposite foot to the woman. Ie when a man steps forward with his left, the woman steps back with her right. In the cross system, the woman and the man use the same leg. Ie if the man steps forward with his left leg, the woman steps back with her left leg.
The man can lead the woman to the cross using the cross system. He does this by stepping to his left LF, leading her to step to her right RF. The next step is the key point. The man brings his RF together, changes weight and steps forward with his LF. This change of weight should be undetected by the lady who only does a side step and a back step.
The lady has to pay attention to the torso of the leader to know, where she is supposed to be - always in front of him. Also don't be tempted to watch the man's feet but rather follow his lead as his feet may confuse you. The lady’s step does not differ from the normal basic eight or salida. The man steps forward once more RF as the lady steps back LF (step 4 of the salida) and the man leads the cross but he does not have to step here. When the lady is in the cross, the cross system is resolved and the man may lead the resolution as he would in the normal system.
Parada with Planeo
Our next step tonight Is using the natural system. The man leads the lady to the cross using the natural system and when she crosses, he crosses his RF in front of his LF. He then rocks forward on to his RF and back to his LF and then leads the lady to take a side step RF while he flicks his LF into a front boleo decoration along his right calf. He continues to lead the lady into a back step LF by twisting his torso to his left After much discussion we decided that the way to lead a back step in a giro is an overturning of the mans torso to his right so that he is not just rotating to his right but for a back step he leads the pivot with the torso movement.
As the lady places her LF into the back step, the gentleman touches her trailing foot with his left foot. and leads her to stop.
This lead can be a firm rigid hold from the right arm and with a slight downward pressure preventing further movement. When properly led the lady stops with her feet extended apart, front and back, and her weight centred. This position where his foot is extended and has her foot stopped is known as a parada meaning to stop.
It is very important that the man when he does his parada does not drown the ladies foot but places it only so that his foot is touching the first part of her foot just past the toes. This allows the woman to pivot easily. The man steps back onto his back foot bring the lady forward with him as he changes weigth and leading the lady to pivot. He applies a downward pressure to the lady causing her to swing her left leg wide in an arc around her supporting leg which is bent. This is known as a planeo which means to glide or pivot. Ladies make sure your hips are twisted to face the direction you are pivoting with your straight leg slightly behind you hip. Keep the extended leg on the floor and aim for the man's back foot with a pointed toe.
Once you reach the mans back foot collect your outstretched leg and step over the man's leg. The lady can do a decoration here. Once the woman steps over the mans leg, the man brings her back to face him and leads her out to the tango close or resolution.