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Simple Combinations: Introduction

This tutorial is a collection of case studies; it's about how a small number of elements can be performed simultaneously to produce a combination. In the last example, two combinations are performed in succession to produce a combination sequence or move sequence.

If you've been to other lessons before, then you may well have come across these combinations being portrayed as individual moves. I have a slightly different view; if they can be broken down into smaller components, then they are divisible (and therefore not individual) combinations.

We've already learned that merengue as a dance can be broken into very fine elements. This is an advantage to you in the long term because an increase in resolution is potentially an increase in understanding. What we'll witness here is how variations of these elements may be combined to give rise to combinations that look and feel very different, yet share identical motifs.


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