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Argentine Tango technique

Argentine Tango has a set of common principles (posture, balance, connection, etc.) but no single authority or a standard for the dancing style. This means there is no right or wrong Argentine Tango as long as partners are connected, musical, take care of each other, and respect others on the floor. Teaching methods also vary a lot from a teacher to a teacher.

We teach in a synthetic style following two prominent dancing couples we studied with: Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, and—Guillermo Merlo and Fernanda Ghi. Therefore, our advice that you will hear in the classes and tutorials will help you develop as a dancer in this particular style.

Other Argentine Tango teachers may be giving you advice very different from ours. Whenever you go to a teacher, please, take a note in what style they dance. The more distinct the styles are the more different the instruction will be. The basic principle of connection between partners will be the same but approaches to the posture, balance, embrace, and quality of the steps may be quite different. As you develop as a tango dancer you will learn to use different styles based on preferences of your partner, music tempo, and how crowded the dance floor is. This is, in fact, what makes Argentine Tango so much fun!

 

Episode 1. Balance and Posture

Ability to maintain perfect balance during the dance is the cornerstone of Argentine Tango as we teach it. Both partners should be completely balanced on their own at all times, except for some special figures such as colgada or volcada, for example. We recommend practicing the balancing exercise at least once every day. The muscles we need for Tango are not exactly the same that we use for standing straight up. Frequent practice will help you learn to precisely control them and get ready for a tango walk...

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Episode 2. Walking Forward

We emphasize the skill to be completely balanced during all the phases of the step. This is an opposite of "falling into the next step" and more similar to how cats walk grabbing the ground with their paws and ready to change direction or reverse at any moment. We recommend practicing this walking technique, ideally, every day. Once your balance and walking becomes automatic, you will have far more fun at our Argentine Tango classes!

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Episode 3. Walking Back

Taking a back step is different from walking forward because you don't see where you go and a leader must first communicate the lead to the follower. You must still be completely balanced when you stretch your leg and when you grab the floor in the new place - to be able to reverse easily.

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