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Over-Rotated Ochos. This version of the Ocho is quite possibly the most strenuous of the 8 Ocho types. For good reason: They require deep mastery over one’s Disassociation and really their Applied Disassociation skills. Not for the faint of heart, but at the same time, insanely fun to lead and to follow. 🙂 These are typically done in Open/Square Embrace format, where there is space between the partnership, you can do them in Close Embrace but it requires that the Lead allow for there to be space in the Embrace, that they not compress the embrace in any, way, shape, or form. While the video below doesn’t show it, a Lead can engage in these too.  This version of Ochos should not be confused with Over-Rotations as a whole, they’re in the same family of vocabulary but they’re most certainly not the same things.

Over-Rotated Ochos are done in Cross-System. First there is an Applied Disassociation, and then there is a step backwards (by the dancer who’s doing the applied disassociation) in the same lane as the receiving dancer’s free foot/leg is in.

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