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Challenge Dialogue


How to get Training 

New Guide to making a Plan and sticking to it.

The 5 Biomechanical Tools Video

Cardio Voleo
10 minute workout that I do every day!

Exercise series to strengthen your muscles (with fashion tips)

In order to support your rapid learning, we are including the KnowledgeBase with the MasterCourse Challenge. This enables you to quickly look up any unfamiliar or forgotten terms. The KnowledgeBase works like Wikipedia, it’s a hyperlinked text Encyclopedia of every term of tango movement (with images and short video clips where necessary). If something is missing, please let us know!

You’ll find the KnowledgeBase terms in the sidebar of every Challenge Session or you can click the logo wherever you see it to visit the KnowledgeBase directly.


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Challenge 2023 Students


25 Elements in 16 sessions

1 Front Steps 2 Back Steps 4 Change of Foot

3 Side Step 6 Ochos

5 Molinete Lineal

7 Sacada

8 Double Giro 9 Mark’s Single Giro10 Revel’s Single GIro (Calesita)

11 Crosses

12 Parada

13 Barrida… Sandwichito… Pulpeades

14 Rebote 15 Alteración

16 Voleos Circular 17 Voleos Linear

18 Ganchos … Piernazo

19 Rebote Cadera 20 Patada

21 Volcada 22 Colgada

23 Adorno

24 Soltada

25 Salta/Sostenida

Anatomical Terminology: We seek to provide instruction in objective, scientific terms. This will be unfamiliar at first, but our students catch on quickly. At any point, you can visit the Exercise Center to review the 10 key tango muscles and their control exercises.

Tango Language: Before creating the MasterCourse, we spent years documenting tango concepts and disaggregating terminology. If you are confused about what something means, or why we use the term we do, you can visit the KnowledgeBase for reference.

The Structure: The MasterCourse is a comprehensive tour of the entire Lexicon of Tango inherited from the 1940s. It is organized balancing three goals:

  1. We draw on 8 years of teaching to create the most effective revelation of technique and systems by linking elements together based on their functional/biomechanical relationships.
  2. We use traditional terms as much as possible to synchronize with what you learn elsewhere.
  3. We distill to make tango graspable without losing any detail.

How to Learn: We believe that tango has been mystified and students have been disempowered. Watch each video here to build your confidence in understanding of how tango works. Then practice each part of the video with a partner at home or at a practica. Prepare for each practice section by taking notes on the video or writing down the exact section you want to practice.

Close Embrace: We show the movements in open embrace and quite large, so that it’s possible to see on the video. The technique in close embrace is exactly the same.

Technical Support: Your enrollment includes technical support. If you have any kind of question, do not hesitate to send an email to or use the chat function at the lower right corner of your screen. We answer personally within 24 hours.



The MasterCourse is a complete documentation of TangoForge Pedagogy, covering every Element in the Tango Lexicon. The Lexicon of Tango is the repertoire of 25 Elements and their variations inherited from the 1940s. 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. Dancing from the elements empowers dancers to to express every music, challenge partners to maintain intense concentration, and use space skillfully for better floorcraft.
We use the term ‘Mark’ for Leader and ‘Revel’ for Follower. Here’s why
I acknowledge my teachers, Pablo Villarraza and Dana Frígoli, Chicho, El Pulpo, Sebastián Arrua, Makela Brizuela, Pablo Rojas, and Eugenia Parrilla. I am grateful to dancers Armin Kyros, Iwan Harlan, and Germain Cascales for inspiring me to understand how far we can go with pure tango elements and technique. The 2017 TangoForge Apprentices, Yoko, Stefan, and Swan, contributed to refining this pedagogy. My students’ questions throughout my career have challenged and inspired new articulations.
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