Contra Body Movement

          Contra Body Movmement (CBM) describes a physically coordinated movement of a dancer's body when doing or preparing to do a figure which involves rotation. Contra Body Movmement (CBM) involves turning the right side of the body towards a left moving leg or turning the left side of the body towards a right moving leg. The moving leg ends in Contra Body Movement Position (CBMP) and Contra Body Movmement (CBM) of the upper body preceeds the intial movement of the moving leg. The Contra Body Movmement (CBM) signals to the woman that the man is about to do a turn. Without turning the upper body, she wouldn't know. The body and the moving leg must move in a flowing movement all at the same time and not one after the other. Contra Body Movmement (CBM) occurs on forward or backward steps only (or diagonal steps which still feature forward or backward movement), and not on side steps.

Four (4) examples:
The left leg moves forward as the right side of the body moves forward (the torso rotates to the left)
The left leg moves backward as the right side of the body moves backward (the torso rotates to the right)
The right leg moves forward as the left side of the body moves forward (the torso rotates to the right)
The right leg moves backward as the left side of the body moves backward (the torso rotates to the left)
The overall effect and intention of
Contra Body Movmement (CBM) is smooth transition from linear to rotational movement. Thus, Contra Body Movmement (CBM) is often followed by sway.

          CBM/CBMP Drill

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