Cuban Salsa: Exhibela Largo Continuado
The move Exhibela Largo Continuado is another social move I naively believe I have invented or at least I have identified it as a move and given it a name. We often do Exhibela 2-3 times in a row in Rueda de Casino as well as in social dancing, but mostly “on the spot” without changing direction. Then one day it came to me :”Why not change direction for each Exhibela and do it 2-3-4-5 times in a square or star pattern?”
I call it Exhibela Largo because the Follow does not walk 3 steps left and then 3 steps right as in the normal Exhibela, she takes an extra step left (four steps left and two steps right) making the Exhibela long, just like Sácala is normally done in Rueda de Casino. In Sácala the handhold is mostly right-to-right but in Exhibela Largo I prefer to use left-to-right handhold because it is more versatile.
The video below contains two video clips from Practica Sessions with me and Mona, Copenhagen, 2022. In Video Clip #1 we continue Exhibela Largo 5 times. That is a little extreme, I normally do it 2-3-4 times.
In Video Clip #2, I add Rodeo to each Exhibela, an extra count of Eight, giving us Exhibela Largo Continuado con Rodeo. In the video we do it 4 times but 2-5 times is good depending on the situation.
Exhibela Largo Continuado and Exhibela Largo Continuado con Rodeo are social moves: Many ways to begin them, many ways to continue them. The exact execution depends on the music, on how well the Lead and the Follow are doing, on what momentum has been created, and on what look and feel the Lead wants to create for the dance.