Conservation of co-contraction

Argentine Tango Encyclopedia

We can hold a co-contraction from one movement and use it for the next one.

The most common example is alteracion, a rebote that pivots and releases in a new direction.

We use co-contraction when we want to hold the power, momentum, or torsion of one movement and go directly into the next, instead of first releasing.


  • From a front voleo into a front or side step (or back voleo into side step): we don’t want to unspiral the voleo. To prevent it, we hold the co-contraction during the next projection
  • From a sacada into a gancho: we don’t want to finish the step, but continue the projection directly into the gancho, so we use the power of the sacada’s receiving leg to make and hold a co-contraction to go directly into the next movement.

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