Called Rueda at The Conga Club, Portland, Oregon.
Done to El Zorro's "El Zorro," I chose this because I like its pacing, and the song is just that good; it's one of my favorites right now.
Danica, Meredith, and Ricardo (aka Papi) have previous performance experience; I have little to no worries with them. Evan is relatively new to performing; however, he catches on quickly and has a network of great people around him. This is Hannah's first experience doing a demo in this setting; she did a good job, and with more experience, she'll get even better.
In my opinion, my job as a caller in this setting is to make sure that the other dancers look as good as they can, and the rueda is dynamic to those watching. After repeated viewings, I thought I did a pretty good job, but I should have called this Rueda better. I paced out the calls pretty well. For the most part, I matched the calls to what the music dictated; I let the pacing and complexity of the calls match the ebb and flow of the song. That said, I could've made the Rueda flow even better than it did. I tried to experiment in keeping the Rueda in Pasa con Manos (aka Dame con Manos, pardon my spelling), calling more moves off of that, and then keeping the group in Pasa con Manos after finishing said call. I didn't do as well I thought; it's definitely something I need to train myself to do better. There were some calls I wanted to use, but didn't, because either I thought I was pressed for time (such as near the end of the song; I could've called anything besides Dile Que No), or I just plain forgot. Sometimes, it's hard when you get caught up in the moment.
There are some movements that we weren't quite sure on, and our synchronicity is off a bit at times, as well. Overall, this is a good start and I'm thankful for everyone who performed with me. There's always something that they (and I) can improve on. It's still a work in progress.
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