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Samba Corta Jaca
Posted by Fred Bolder
2/14/2000  1:35:00 PM
Hi there,

I was glad to see that there was another reply on this topic. First of all, I don't like using the terms Quick and Slow when explaining a Samba figure. Because of the many different beat values, it can be very confusing. I agree with you that the basic rhythm 1 & 2 has the beat values 3/4, 1/4 and 1. You explained that the rhythm of the Corta Jaca has the rhythm SQQQQ. I think we both got a point. I see the Slow as a step before the real Corta Jaca. The four Quicks come close to my description. I think the step on the heel is very short. In my opinion the beat values for the Corta Jaca are 1/4, 3/4, 1/4 and 3/4. This feels more like a Samba than 1/2, 1/2, 1/2 and 1/2. Then there's another thing. The steps 2 and 4 are taken on the 1 en 2 counts, so you can count & 1 & 2. If all beat values are 1/2 then you get a very straight rhythm. You can dance it that way, but it's not how we learn it. Try dancing it with the beat values 1/4, 3/4, 1/4 and 3/4. It feels great! For example, if we dance travelling voltas, we use the rhythm 3/4, 1/4, 3/4, 1/4 etc, starting on count 1. Do you use only beat values of 1/2 for the travelling voltas either?
I think the way we dance the Corta Jaca is a variation of the real Corta Jaca. I think that you don't turn in the original Corta Jaca, but take normal side steps. Perhaps the
rhythm we use is also a sort of variation, but it is more like the basic Samba rhythm.

Hope to hear more about this,

Fred


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[This message has been edited by Fred Bolder (edited 02-14-2000).]

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