Category Archives: Combinations

Ocho Cortadas, Pivots and the Americano

A fantastic combination shown here for D’Arienzo – short steps.




Original Notes

Ocho Cortada to cross then pivot and lead forward to another Ocho but now turn her hips in the Cortada and out Americano. Lead is left behind and knees together just before she comes across from the Americano.

Then Giro with touch my left on her foot, then point right then pivot and left with right foot behind and on toes – then back.

Exit is back right – sneak – back right gain.
Learning Notes

The musicality is wonderful.

Give plenty of time on that Americano and across.



Maximiliano & Juliana

Location : Sussex, UK


1940s Combination – Salida del 40

This is a famous combination.

It has a missing step and a feeling of suspension – so strong links to either of these.

Original Notes
We lead a side and both pivot
Feeling of suspension
She takes a very short step  – almost a fall – and lead has a missing step
Then to cross Lead the project and planeo. This should be with the torso not the arms.

Learning Notes

Timing – don’t rush the cross and project!