A general command is not a specific figure, it is more a principle applied to other figures or commands. For example, the commands “repíte” repeats the previous command. The challenge and fun is to find good combinations for the general commands.
= continue with that
The command siguelo is used to follow a specific pattern or a different basic step than the regular one (guapea).
For example in patin > siguelo (the command siguelo is issued when the guys are meeting in the middle), the guys keep dancing in the middle until another command is issued. To resolve the figure in the regular way the caller will normally call se fue (se the command below).
- patin > siguelo
- patin pa’mujeres > siguelo
- la familia > siguelo
- amistad complicaté > siguelo
2. se fue
= he / she / it left
The command se fue is given when the dancers know what’s next and just wait for the signal.
- siguelo > se fue
- una foto > se fue
3. … y quédate
= … and stay
The command “… y quédate” is used to have the leaders not change partner, but finish the figure with the current partner. Normally this command is used in cases where there is a partner change, and this command is issued to say that there is no partner change. Instead of a partner change, the figure will end in a dile que no with the current partner. The purpose is often to improvise, and give a figure a twist. For example the command pelota y quédate will confuse most dancers a little bit the first time they hear it.
But somtimes the command is used to clean up if it ended in chaos, like a lo cortico or Tumba Francesa.
- enchufla y quédate (video below)
- pelota y quédate
- patin y quédate
- la familia y quédate
4. mujeres …, hombres …
= women …, men …
The command “mujeres …” is used to issue a command to the women (followers). Usually this is a figure that is not led by the men, so the women really need to pay attention when this command is called.
A command that can be directed separately to both women and men is by default for the men. However, to hombres … is used avoid confusion when mujeres is in use or could be in use.
- mujeres derecha | mujeres izquierda (video below)
- hombres derecha y mujeres izquierda
- cadena >hombres > mujeres
- mujeres una media
- patin pa’mujeres > y hombres
More about general commands.