"Basicarita" reminded me that YouTube has a great clip showing some social dancing using The Salsa Never Ends tune referrenced in my previous article. (I greatly appreciate the comments! I always learn something.)
The clip features Frankie Martinez and Nancy Ortiz social dancing, plus a gentleman I don't know. The contrast between the two leads couldn't be more interesting.
I don't think Frankie leads Nancy through anything more than a double spin throughout the whole tune, although he does a triple or quad himself at one point. He totally showcases her (a very smart man!) and while at first glance he doesn't seem to be doing much, this is a perfect example of less is much more for the man.
His brilliance is in his simplicity, appropriateness, how much he leaves out, plus his understanding of Afro-Cuban dancing (including the "Hen and Rooster” and “Old Man, Young Woman” metaphors that are foundational to Cuban dancing).
Most intermediate leads could do his patterns easily in their first couple years of dancing. It’s not what he does, it’s HOW HE DOES IT! Most leads will take many more years getting to his level of mastering what to leave out, and being appropriate to the music and his partner.
Check out the other lead for a contrast.
I’ll have more to say on this in another article, but enjoy this clip now--and again, a big “thank-you” to Basicarita for adding a comment and reminding me of this clip!
Give me my golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner,
and you can keep my golf clubs and the fresh air.