A Colgada, from the root Spanish word, “Colgar” which means, when translated to English, “To Hang”. The ‘ada’ ending is akin to ‘ed’ in English, or the past tense. Or in this case it means ‘Hung’. A Colgada is a very advanced construct and should not be attempted by beginners, or even intermediate dancers until they have had proper instruction to do so.
Put simply the Colgada construct is a broken lean, at the waist (from both partners), away from the dancing partner, by both partners where the partnership uses their arms to sustain the physiological contact. There are many versions of a Colgada in Open and Close Embrace. See Social Colgadas.« Back to Glossary Index