How to Do the Colocho in Merengue

Learn how to do the colocho in merengue from professional dancers Ernesto Palma and Crystal Rodriguez in this Howcast dance video.


Ernesto Palma: This step's a little more complex. It requires the hammer lock, and to be able to change places when we're not facing each other.

Give her the hammer lock step. This is where it gets complicated. First of all, I need to go under her right hand. I step forward. Now, from here we need to rearrange. I need to change places with her. In order to do that, I need to bring this hand down, and this one up. I have to do it at the same time, and slowly, so that I won't hurt my partner. Then, I can get myself out. Again, we find each other in a hammer lock position, and turn her out. Raise my hand, turn her around to hammer lock, walking under her arm, change hands from up to down, get myself out, and turn her.

A little faster. You have walk, under, out. Let's try it with some music. Take all the time you need to do this step.

And that's our Colocho step.

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