Alteracion

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Alteraciones are rebotes which change direction after the co-contraction. Alterations are used to create energetic changes of direction, and acceleration. They are a wonderful addition to musicality. To mark an alteracion we create a strong co-contraction in the rebote’s receiving leg. Flexion in the receiving leg keeps the revel’s free leg extended and gives the mark the power to pivot. The […]

Co-contraction

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Co-contraction is a method of using our muscles to increase the power of our bodies. We use co-contraction for several things in tango. To intensify connection To create elasticity To put power into the Revel’s free leg, maximizing a projection What is co-contraction? Co-contraction is a biomechanical function of our muscles. Our muscles work in pairs. […]

Double-gancho

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Any gancho can be a double-gancho. The Mark transfers his weight to the back leg, and uses the power of the co-contraction for the Revel’s voleo to enter a voleo himself. The partners support one another by intensifying the arch of connection with hip flexion, co-contraction of the base legs and intensified triceps contraction. It’s easiest […]

Gancho

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A gancho is a voleo, interrupted by the partner’s leg, creating a hook between the legs or around the body (piernazo/castigada). There are three architectures, each of which has many variations. Revel’s gancho to one of the Mark’s legs, with both of his feet on the floor. Mark’s gancho to one of the Revel’s legs, […]

Patada

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Patada is a charming move, fast, sweet, and cute. Both partners can do patada. Place the kicking leg perpendicular to and centered in hole made by the receiving step, about 15cm off the floor. When receiving a patada the Mark can adjust the angle of his step to intercept the revel’s kick. To create a fast but soft kick: flex the […]

Piernazo

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Any gancho can become a piernazo, enfolding the mark’s hips instead of hooking through his legs. The piernazo can be marked distinctly from the gancho. It can also be an artistic or functional modification initiated by the Revel. (It’s especially useful if the Revel is much taller than the Mark.) Since a piernazo moves only within the couple’s […]

Rebote

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A rebote (rebound) is an elastic step that bounces back to the original position. It’s easiest to talk about this movement by thinking of a sending leg and a receiving leg. Rebote depends on correct technique during the transfer of weight. If we flex and extend the joints deliberately during this process, we can interrupt and […]

Rebote cadera

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Rebote cadera is a rebote (rebound) of the revel’s cadera (hips). It’s a fast and sharp reversing pivot with the revel’s legs touching. It’s a special effect created by co-contraction, applied in a contra direction to her pivot (front or back), with a change of embrace to block. In contrast to a contra voleo-circular, where the mark’s […]

Voleo

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A voleo is a special effect in which the Revel’s projection is maximized into the air. Voleo = projection + power. The power comes from co-contraction. The mark creates co-contraction and the revel’s body mirrors it. There are several different shapes of voleos: Voleo circular: The voleo arcs in both horizontal and vertical planes. There are only two of these, […]

Voleo Circular

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A voleo is a special effect in which the Revel’s projection is maximized into the air. Voleo = projection + power. If it’s a front projection, you get a front circular voleo. If it’s a back projection, you get a back circular voleo. The power comes from co-contraction. The mark creates co-contraction and the revel’s body mirrors it. The […]

Wrap

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A wrap (deprecated) is a front gancho.