|Ice Carnival 1940's. All Amateur Skaters|
The Canasta Tango has progressives, swing rolls, slide chase's and a cross roll. It's all forward skating, but the steps are quicker than the Dutch Waltz. I'm told that the Canasta Tango requires strong pushes on every. single. step. No slacking off here. It requires good edge control and more power than the Dutch Waltz. Fortunately for me, it's skated in Reverse Killian with the woman on the left. That's my good stroking side.
I've done the dance to music maybe a half dozen times. I didn't have a feel for the steps and the rhythm of the steps until about the 5th time when it finally clicked. I also found that watching videos of other skaters doing the dance helped a lot.
USFSA has an ice dance app on the iTunes App store. It has videos and patterns of the Preliminary and the Pre-Bronze dances. While I wish the demonstrator would not have worn an asymmetrical dress (it occasionally makes steps hard to see on a small iPhone screen), I was able to watch the Canasta Tango in detail over and over as it was performed by a solo skater. I realized I simply didn't grasp a couple of points, and seeing the dance over and over was helpful. In particular, I was having trouble visualizing the dance as a whole, and anticipating the edges and stroking necessary to meet the pattern requirements. Being able to use the USFSA app allowed me to review the pattern lay down and see a skater doing the steps.