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September 29, 2007


Secrets of close embrace

The five secrets of close embrace according to Hsueh-tze Lee.

  1. Vertical lift.
  2. Opposites: Lead/follow exchange; focus forward while moving backward. Waiting mutually.
  3. Leg power to indicate intention.
  4. Centre to centre: moving through one’s centre and stay with partner’s centre.
  5. Maintain a comfortable embrace. After all, this is why we dance in close embrace, no?
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  1. Sep 29 2007

    Are you going to tease us with only the first three? 🙂
    I would certainly add responsibility for your own weight, posture, and axis.

  2. Sep 29 2007

    Hi Debbi,

    They are all good points you mentioned. As a rough generalisation, secrets 1 and 5 in the list are more of the “static” features, while the other secrets deal with movement. Taking responsibility was discussed with secrets 4 and 5, while posture/axis was discussed as part of secret 1.

    By the way, it was not my intention to make it into a teaser… 🙂 I had forgotten the other 2 secrets and had to go through the video we took from the workshops. Furthermore, I did not expect comments so soon!

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