Argentine Tango Encyclopedia



A soltada is a release of the embrace. We may release one or both hands or simply change the embrace (for example, so that we are holding hands on both sides).

It’s exciting to feel the same intensity of connection without touching.

  • The Revel should continue dancing in the improvisational context shown by the Mark just prior to releasing the embrace.
  • The Revel does not freeze, unless the Mark freezes.
  • The Revel drags her nearest hand’s fingers very gently along the nearest part of the Mark’s body so that he has a way to reconnect with her when he wants to.
  • The Mark does not need to reestablish the embrace prior to the next mutual step: He can mark with no embrace, with any kind of contact he can establish to any part of her body, or with one hand/side of the embrace. It’s nice to reestablish the embrace gradually over several steps. Sacadas are especially nice as the exit from soltada, establishing the embrace after the first sacada. Or you can play the sacada game, with no embrace for several steps, before reestablishing the embrace.
  • In soltada, direction is less important than dynamic. The connection is manifested in the matching dynamic.
Improvisational context

The Mark must release the Revel within a context so she knows how to continue. There are several contexts you can use:

  • Release on a tango pathway
  • Release in the context of an interaction
    • sacadas (If the release is in a Mark sacada, the revel should continue/improvise receiving steps. If the release is in a Revel’s sacada, he continues to improvise receiving steps, and she improvises her entry. See the sacada game.)
    • ganchos (use Pulpeades.)
    • barrida
    • rebote

Variations of Each Element


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