Argentine Tango Encyclopedia

A pivot is a rotation of the body without a step.

One muscle group in in the body is responsible for all rotation around the spine: the obliques.

We can pivot in one foot in both feet. In both cases the only part of the base leg’s foot which touches the floor is the ball of the foot.

Small one foot pivots are used to align the body at the start of every step.

Larger one foot pivots are the revel’s ocho and the mark’s single-giro.

Two foot pivots are used commonly in ocho cortado and, less commonly, applied to crosses and paradas to create interesting effects.

Variations of Each Element


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