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Until the mid-1990s, tango was understood in groups of steps, or sequences. The Cochabamba Investigation Group analyzed tango and identified the basic Elements, from which dancers can compose.
There are 25 distinct tango Elements (see the Lexicon), each with a number of variations ranging from 5-100.
The technique for each Element is consistent across its variations. Once we know the Element’s necessary technique and its systems of variations we have a huge vocabulary at our disposal to which we can apply various dynamics for rich musical expression.
Dancing from the Elements empowers dancers to increase their vocabulary, challenge partners to maintain intense concentration, and use space skillfully for better floorcraft. Improvisation skills are essential to navigating crowded dance floors and dancing on diverse music.
The MasterCourse Curriculum
25 Elements in 16 Sessions
01 02 04
We walk together in systems, on tracks, and we can change feet in different combinations.
Side steps and Ochos
An ocho is a step beginning with a pivot of 90-270 degrees
Molinete lineal is tango's custom for walking sidewards.
In a sacada the partners step perpendicular to one another, with one partner displacing the other.
08 09 10
There are Three Giros. Double-giro and two Single-Giros, the Mark’s Single Giro and the Revel’s Single Giro (also known as Calesita).
The free leg crosses in front or behind the base leg.
A stop, during any point of a step or pivot.
A barrida moves the Revel's free leg by direct contact with the Mark's free leg.
These are the off-balance elements. In Volcada the partners lean on one another. In Colgada the partners hang.
Adornos are unmarked embellishments. Both partners can do almost anything they want, as long as they remain reliable and predictable.
A soltada goes out of the standard embrace.
A rebote is an elastic step which returns to the origin. Alteración is a rebote which pivots and releases at a different point than the origin.
Voleo Circular maximize front and back projections during a pivot. Voleo Linear maximize front, back, and side projections.
Ganchos hook a voleo through the partner's leg or around the body.
Contra block to Revel's Pivot. Patada is a kick, usually between the partner's legs, marked with a contra block.
A salta is a situation in which the Revel's weight is off of both of her feet. This could be a jump, lift, drag, or sostenida.
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