Argentine Tango Encyclopedia

A rebote (rebound) is an elastic step that bounces back to the original position.

It’s easiest to talk about this movement by thinking of a sending leg and a receiving leg.

Rebote depends on correct technique during the transfer of weight. If we flex and extend the joints deliberately during this process, we can interrupt and modify the step to make different dynamics at any point.

To create an elastic step, we use co-contraction (simultaneous contraction of two muscles in a pair – in this case the quadriceps and hamstrings). We apply the co-contraction at any point during the transfer of weight, using the muscles of either sending or receiving leg.

It’s nice to feel the elasticity throughout the embrace as well as the legs. If correct technique for the embrace is used (external rotation of shoulders + gentle contraction of triceps), the muscles of the embrace will echo the elasticity through the joints. If extra muscles in the arms are unnecessarily contracted, they will block this flowing movement through the joints and muscles.

Remember that the Revel is responsible for the connection, her fingertips are enough to feel the elasticity working in the Mark’s body. He should not grip or block with his hands.

The gentle triceps contraction we use to keep the embrace taut allows for the elasticity to flow through the muscles and joints fluidly.

Alteracion is a rebote that pivots.

Contra rebote

In a contra rebote the partners are moving in different directions. The co-contraction is the same, but as in any contra movement, there is a change of embrace: lateral shoulder-flexion.

Variations of Each Element


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