Tango

  • Directions are from a bird’s eye point of view, so that if a woman turns to her right, she is turning clockwise.
  • The walk is the most important part of the dance.
  • Man moves his torso a split-second ahead of his legs to signal intent.
  • Dancers maintain support grounded in one leg while keeping the torso elevated.
  • Before moving, the dancers slowly shift weight from side to side to negotiate which foot is grounded.

Exercises

Rock step [1]

  • Man left steps forward.
  • Man right steps forward.
  • Man left rock steps forward, collects and side-steps to the left in double time.
  • Man right steps forward to his outer left.
  • Man left rock steps forward and left steps back in double time.
  • Man brings right foot back, shifts weight to left and steps back with his right in double time.
  • Man brings left foot back, left rock steps to the side, collects and left steps forward in double time.

Patterns

Inner pivot [1]

  • Man guides side step to left.
  • Man switches weight to right foot.
  • Man left steps forward into woman between her feet.
  • Man twists torso counterclockwise to his left so that the woman pirouettes in an upright position on one leg.
  • Man swings right foot around to meet his left foot.
  • Man steps back with his right foot as woman steps forward with her left.
  • Man guides side step to left.

Molinete [1]

  • Man guides side step to left.
  • Man left steps forward to the woman’s outer left.
  • Man right steps forward and elevates the woman’s frame slightly while twisting to the left to signal a cross.
  • Man shifts weight to his left foot.
  • Man makes a small step back with his right foot and plants the heel into the ground while bringing the woman to his left by twisting his torso.
  • Man continues twisting counterclockwise with his left leg twisted in front of his planted right leg while the woman performs front ochos, side steps and back ochos around the man.
  • At the moment the woman’s right leg is free, man left steps forward and side steps right.

Combinations

Woman back ocho, woman front ocho, woman front ocho, parada, outer pivot [1]

  • Man guides side step to left.
  • Man shifts weight to right foot, twists torso clockwise and steps with left foot diagonally to his left forward to signal woman’s back ocho so that woman steps diagonally to her right backward with her left foot.
  • Man twists torso back clockwise while woman is on her left foot and steps diagonally to his right slightly backward to signal woman’s forward ocho to her left.
  • Man side steps to left to signal woman’s forward ocho to her right.
  • Man shifts weight to his right foot, steps back with his left foot bringing the woman to his side and puts his right foot parallel to her extended foot to signal a parada.
  • Man continues twisting to his right, woman over his right foot, man pivots around woman until his torso is square with hers.

Woman back ocho, woman front ocho, woman front ocho, parada, sandwich, recenter, parada [1]

  • Man and woman shift slowly in closed position from side to side until support is on man’s right foot.
  • Man guides side step to left.
  • Man shifts weight to right foot, twists torso clockwise and steps with left foot diagonally to his left forward to signal woman’s back ocho so that woman steps diagonally to her right backward with her left foot.
  • Man twists torso back clockwise while woman is on her left foot and steps diagonally to his right slightly backward to signal woman’s forward ocho to her left.
  • Man side steps to left to signal woman’s forward ocho to her right.
  • Man shifts weight to his right foot, steps back with his left foot bringing the woman to his side and puts his right foot parallel to her extended foot to signal a parada.
  • Man places his left foot to the other side of her extended foot to form a sandwich.
  • Man places his right foot directly behind him and plants the heel on the ground.
  • Man twists torso clockwise bringing woman with him.
  • Man collects his feet.
  • Man twists torso to left to signal back ocho, but places left foot parallel to woman’s extended foot to signal parada.
[1](1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Thanks to Dardo Galletto, Karina Romero, Mariana Fresno, Amanda Luken of Dardo Galletto Studios in New York, NY, USA.