A barrida (sweep) is way to move the Revel’s free leg which is not projection. Instead the method of movement is direct contact with the Mark’s foot. (El Pulpo expanded this system up the entire leg; his system is now called Pulpeades.) This movement happens within the room of the arch of connection. Barrida is often […]


Disambiguation Cross-system is deprecated in favor of trot-system. Some people use the term ‘front cross’ to refer to a front ocho or other situations where a front step presents crossed legs to the partner (and likewise ‘back cross’). To avoid confusion, we use ocho and describe crossed steps without pivot according to gait and track.  We reserve […]


To decelerate, we need a control system. For steps, the control system, is the process of extension of the joints into the step. A parada is a step decelerated to a stop at some point during the transfer. To decelerate the revel’s leg when it’s in the air, we use conservation of co-contraction. We can […]


A parada is a stop, which can happen at any point in the transfer of a step. It’s also possible to stop a pivot; see pivot-parada. In truth we shouldn’t think of parada as a distinct movement because the process of transfer involves a control system: the extension of the joints of the old base leg. We […]


One of the most popular, iconic, and delicious tango moves is a parada to the Revel’s front pivot. It’s not an easy one. The Mark stops the Revel on one foot, curving his body around her as she is still spiraling. To decelerate we always use the control system of the extension of the joints during […]


Maestro El Pulpo applied the rules of barrida to the entire leg, creating a delicious and surprising system of play for the partners’ legs. Because of the softness and twisting interplay that results from these movements, El Pulpo was named “the octopus”. The key to these movements is flexion of both legs’ hip and knee joints with minimal […]


Sandwichito is a cute little move in which one partner (often, but not exclusively, the Mark) sandwiches one of the partner’s feet between his own. It begins from a parada (any parada). To find a parada, just stop a sacada! That means from any sacada you can parada and then make a sweet sandwichito. In […]