Voleo Linear

Argentine Tango Encyclopedia

Linear voleos maximize the extension of the revel’s projection without pivot, creating an arc in the vertical plane, but not the horizontal plane (voleo circular).

There are only two circular voleos (front and back) but there are three linear voleos (front, back, and side)

Voleo lineal back is an arc that returns. Front and side voleo lineal makes a circle.

The geometry of circular voleo is circular. In linear voleo, the geometry is as if the two bodies move along the two parallel rails of a train track.

The partners can face each other or stand perpendicular to one another.

Linear voleos can be marked as pro voleo or contra voleo. As in every voleo, the projection must be created first, and then power applied to maximize it.

  • In pro linear voleo, there is no change of embrace (no change of elbow or shoulder flexion). The mark uses co-contraction to direct more power into her back projection to make an arc, or to circle her front or side projection up and then in toward her body. Both dancers must fortify the arch with hip flexion and triceps contraction
  • In contra linear voleo, the change of embrace is, as always, lateral shoulder flexion, which allows the mark to move along his train track rail, making a rebote in the opposite direction of her projection while leaving her arc exactly where it is.

Pro and contra side Voleo lineal

(Pro back linear voleo is rare, but a useful skill for double-ganchos in which the mark will be standing on one foot and hooking the revel’s free leg in the air with the other one.)

Shape of the Revel’s leg

In front and side linear voleos, from extended projection (knee and ankle extended), after co-contraction of her base leg, the revel will first flex the free leg’s hip to lift the projected leg off the floor. 20-30cm is enough, it doesn’t need to be high, and it mustn’t change her arc! Then she flexes her knee. Then she brings her toe next to the base leg’s knee, and finally slides the toe down the leg to the floor.

In back linear voleo, from extended back projection (knee and ankle extended), after co-contraction of her base leg, the Revel will first extend her free leg’s hip, then flex its knee, then return to back projection (without falling into the next step!)

Linear voleos can take up a lot of space on the dance floor. If you have enough space, go for it. Revels must trust that their Mark has assessed the space. Do not abort out of fear of what you can’t see that he can. But be careful not to do any back voleo unless marked.


It’s interesting to mix pro and contra marks to create interesting patterns of the Mark’s steps.

contra front then contra back, with front then contra back

Variations of Each Element


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