Step 9: Sacadas
We’ve spent the semester learning sacadas. The literal translation of the verb sacar is “to take.” So in this move, either the lead or the follow moves into the space that his/her partner just left, creating the illusion that the other is being displaced.
As we execute a series of sacadas in a row, I note the circular energy; the result is two people spinning together, taking turns pivoting and in the axis position. In the last variation, the backward sacada the follow powers the turn. So for a minute, your roles are reversed. The follow supports the lead, as he balances his weight on one foot.
This is a great image for me as I engage with the people in my life, my kids, my friends and colleagues — anyone I am in relationship with. A turn requires a different role for the lead and follow — one of you to power the move, the other to keep you both grounded. It shifts. Who leads? Who follows? Guillermo Merlo says 50-50, all the time.
The connection between partners allows for the confident shifting between roles and creates that fluid movement. Mimi was careful to impress upon us the importance of staying connected. Our orientation must intentionally be on our partner, and his on us. “Stay focused on his chest still. It’s the only way your body will know, intuitively, where he is and where you need to go.”