An adorno is an adornment of a movement, like a decoration, made with the free leg. Both Marks and Revels adorn their movements. Revels’ adornos include a large range of gestures, many of which can be marked. But we will use the term adorno for what is more precisely an “unmarked adorno”. Since your free […]


An enrosque is a mark’s adorno during pivot. It’s most common during single-giro. Either before or during the pivot, he crosses one foot in front of the other and pivots with it crossed (either in front or in back). When crossed in front he usually points his free leg’s toe straight down to the floor for […]

Flying step

Flying step is a small-scale leaning step (volcada or colgada). Usually we don’t distinguish movements by scale or intensity, but in this case we make an exception because flying steps are less scary than full volcadas and colgadas, and also they give a very different musicality. Permission The mark for all leaning movements is initiated with a change […]

Free leg

I have danced with many revels who have beautiful feet but feel like bricks or are inattentive, and this is why I treat the free leg’s aesthetic as the final refinement of an active dancing body. The revel’s beauty comes from her arc. Her free leg belongs to the mark. Refining the aesthetic of the […]

Lapiz / Pencil

The Lapiz is a mark’s adorno. He draws a semi-circle on the floor with the toe of his free leg. He can do multiple semi-circles or change the direction. Use flexion in your free leg’s knee to create the circle, keeping your ankle extended with pointed toes. The mark may also pivot during the adorno. When performing any […]


Passé is a term from ballet. In tango we use a passe that would properly be called a parallel or closed passé, used only in modern ballet. classical externally rotated passe and modern parallel passé The hip and knee of the free leg are flexed and the toes are pointed and touching the knee. Passé […]


Planeo is an arc of the revel’s free leg in the horizontal plane, with toe pointed and touching the floor. It is sometimes called voleo baso. Some revels prefer to keep their toes on the floor, so they choose to do planeo instead of voleo circular (which arcs through the horizontal and vertical planes. Planeo is […]


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 […]