Arch of Connection

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What is powerful about Argentine Tango in comparison with other dances is the priority placed on and the care taken to develop perfect physical connection between the partners. This precise connection makes communication more exact, makes the touch of the partners more tender, and makes possible more subtle musicality. Precisely connected motion is the foremost […]

Base leg

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Most of the time we are standing on one leg, so base refers to the weight-bearing leg, and will be used in the singular throughout this section. Sometimes we are standing on both legs, in which case we are lucky to have double the resources, two base legs. Function: Connection We position the base leg into […]

Extend

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Tango movements can be specified in terms of the position and action of joints and the contraction of muscles to stabilize them and create power. Our muscles flex and extend, support, and rotate our joints. If we understand motion in these terms, it’s easy to send the right instructions to our bodies, and to verify […]

Fast

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Most bad dancing is dancing that is too fast for the dancer’s current skill level. To move faster, we need to intensify the arch with continuous muscle contraction, but not a very hard contraction which will prevent us from moving quickly. We need to decrease the amount of force, so that we don’t need very […]

Flex

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Tango movements can be specified in terms of the position and action of joints and the contraction of muscles to stabilize them and create power. Our muscles flex and extend, support, and rotate our joints. If we understand motion in these terms, it’s easy to send the right instructions to our bodies, and to verify […]

Project

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To create a movement, we make two sequential operations: First, the mark shows intention toward a direction, and the revel prepares her body by [1] adjusting her arc and [2] beginning to extend her free leg in accord. This dual preparation is called projection. Second, the movement is completed. If the movement is a step, the mark moves […]