Welcome friends to the Monthly Challenge Page. On the first of every month a new “Challenge” will be posted here. The challenge could be figure, a technique, an exercise, a thought experiment, or anything that will help you, and me, think and communicate deeper with one another about Tango as well as challenge us all to grow. I look forward to challenging you.
Welcome to your first course in Argentine Tango. They say that tango is all about connection. This is, for the most part, true. The connection that we make with our partners is an incredibly important one. The way we connect and how we use that connection is not foreign to social dancing, it is the […]
Now that you have learned how to connect with your partner we will look at how we can use that connection to create movement. Walking is an important part in tango and it is a foundational element to learning tango.
Cross Foot System is where things start to get tricky. This system allows us to multiply the amount of movements that are possible in our dance. We will explore what cross foot system is, how we get in and out of it, and how we use it in walking.
The next big building block of tango is the pivot. The pivot allows the leader to direct the follower in any direction that they choose. The leader can pivot the follower at any angle and have the follower step in that direction. This allows for a lot more combinations in tango.
Our first official move, the Ocho (eight or figure eight). Ochos are named for the pattern the follower will draw on the floor (loosely). The Ocho is the first move to allow us to change direction while utilizing the pivot. This is generally done in cross foot system.
The Giro: All things are connected to the giro and the giro connects to all things. The giro contains all of our possible steps in tango. The giro is one of the moves that we will base most of our future tango vocabulary on. This section is very important to study and do exactly how […]
It is said to be the most iconic move in tango, the cruzada, or the cross. The cross is a move that you will find yourself doing often. It can be a nice end to a phrase or a period on a sentence as well as a great transition into another movement.
The Parada family is a family of movements that allow for a stopping moment. In this course you will learn the common places to use a parada and how we respond to the parada as a follower. The parada is often a place where time is given to the follower, although it is not necessary […]
Sacar: To replace or take out. In a sacada we will move in a different direction than our partner. If our partner goes sideways, for instance, we will take a step to the place where they left. There are 48 possible sacadas but in the intermediate category we will discover 24 of them.