Embellishment Tutorial: Flick
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Flicks are common embellishment s and take a little practice to work up the speed to do, but you can fit them in during back ochos, the back step of turns, rock steps (such as the back rock step of the ocho cortado), and anytime the man is walking forward (and you are going back) in outside partner position.
During Back Ochos
During back ochos, beat your free foot in front as it passes the other, before stepping behind into the next step. (You should feel the achilles tendon at the back of the free leg actually hit the lower part of the shin of the standing leg, just above the ankle.) You should start the embellishment at the same time as the back foot hits the floor. Try not to let your legs turn-out as you do this and make sure the free foot does not sickle or flop - either point your foot or flex it but make sure it is energized.
The leader will not give you extra time to do this, he will continue moving, so you have to be fast to get your foot in front of your standing leg and then back out again without tripping yourself up. Think of the accent being 'out!' away from the leg, instead of 'in!' towards yourself. Be careful not to stab yourself with your heel or kick the leader!
Eventually try to get it so the beating movement only happens from the knee down of the free leg and cannot be felt in the upper body. Try not to tense your muscles as you do it and remember to breathe!
At first you may find it easier to beat the left foot in front of the right as you have slightly more space on the open side of the embrace.
Exercises for Home
-Practice walking backward around a room, doing the flick on one side, then the other, then both.
-Practice 180 degree back ochos against the wall (do not lean!), addin a flick to one side and then the other.
A flick (or 'beat') in front during back ochos
Dancer in video: Jennifer Bratt
Shoes: Comme il Faut