Feb 142017

The stabilization chain supports each dancer’s arc and the arch of connection. The quantity of muscle contraction increases for movements and moments requiring more force.



Anatomical Function: The triceps extend and stabilize the elbow joint.
Tango Function: Maintains tautness in the embrace.

Shoulder External Rotators

Infraspinatus and Teres Minor (Shoulder External Rotators)

Anatomical Function: Infraspinatus and teres minor are part of the Rotator Cuff muscle group. These two externally rotate the humerus.
Tango Function: Ensures that embrace is accurately conveying the direction and force created by lower body.

Transverse Abdominus

Transverse Abdominus

Anatomical Function: The Transverse Abdominus stabilizes the pelvis and thoracic (middle) spine.

Tango Function: Supports upright posture, gently, leaving hip flexors relaxed and hips flexed.

This is not an accurate drawing; the transverse is much closer to the spine.

If you have pilates equipment, you can do the “elephant” exercise with a reformer or a ball or try wool socks on a smooth floor.



Anatomical Function: The Piriformis muscles are in the muscle group of hip rotators. They externally rotate the femur.
Tango Function: Stabilizes the hip and holds external rotation of the base leg.

The Tango Stabilization Muscle Chain

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 14 February 2017