The TangoForge 5 Biomechanical Tools

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We demystify tango by distilling technique to 5 tools and teaching systems for finding the variations of the 25 Elements of Tango, so students can improvise instead of memorize.

The Five Biomechanical Tools are our distillation of tango technique. Every movement’s technique can be specified with these tools. They are based on anatomically-precise instructions, joint motion and muscle contraction. Our students use them to diagnose their own dance and help others.

Arch of Connection

The conduit of information and the architecture of balance, adjusting to changing force and position.

 

Projection

The Mark’s directional intention registers as projection in the Revel’s body.

The process of preparing her body in response to his intention allows for fine control and dynamic range in the dance.

 

Transfer

The process of moving the body from one base leg to the next. This is our control system which enables us to stop, slow down, speed up, and be ready for anything.

 

Power

We produce power with a chain of leg and abdominal muscles, triggered by co-contraction. This power has force and velocity. We use it to fortify the arch, to create elasticity, and to send power into the Revel’s body to send her free leg into the air.

 

Embrace Actions

Information is transferred at 2 (in close embrace, 3) points of contact between the partners’ bodies. The embrace is a control system which determines how power is delivered.

The muscles

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All the Muscles

Muscle Chains

Exercises

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Variations of Each Element

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