Pies a tiempo de 12

Pies a tiempo de 12 - Flamenco footwork exercise for 12 counts | flamencobites.com

This is a little bit of footwork that can be quite useful to have in your back pocket.

It is perfect as an exercise for technique practice in the studio as you really need to work on articulating your feet and it is great for coordination. 

As the title of this post says, this footwork is for a 12 beat compás. I have demonstrated the footwork as starting on count 12 but you could also use this in an escobilla for alegrías and start the step on count one. 

So what do we have?

The step starts with a triple beat -- 12 and a --  and then changes to double time from count 1 to count 5. It then repeats from count 6.

12 + a 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5  6 + a 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11

The second compás has a little variation. The triple in to a double beat repeats 3 times except that the third time you continue in double time until the end of the compás.

12 + a 1 + 2  3 + a 4 + 5  6 + a 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 

I've written the counts out but it is really easier to watch the video and hear them.

I should say that this is not a step for beginners, it is more suited to someone who has been dancing for maybe 2 to 3 years.

Remember start slowly (not too slowly so you can still hear the melody of the step) and build your strength.