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 initiated from parada, but can be started during the transfer of any step.

If the Mark’s foot is touching the Revel’s foot, the customs of tango say that she must do her best to maintain the contact. He can break the contact by taking away his foot, marking another projection, or moving the arch of connection to a place where it’s not possible for her to maintain contact without breaking her arc. This rule is fundamental for the transition from parada to barrida.

If she is moving and there is no deceleration, she should continue the marked step, maintaining contact as she can.

During barrida, in order to maintain good connection between the feet and to protect their arcs, both dancers need to flex the free/moving leg’s hip and knee joints and allow the ankle joint to move in various directions.

The mark can end the barrida in several ways:

  • Taking his foot away
  • Tossing your foot or leg away with a gentle kick
  • Marking you to step onto the free leg

To find more barridas, exhaust the possibilities, try the barrida with either foot, and as both pushing barrida and pull/magnet barrida. And each of these can be done as a footsie barrida, or using the leg which will make it partially a gancho.

Variations of Each Element




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