Anatomical Terminology: We seek to provide instruction in objective, scientific terms. This will be unfamiliar at first, but our students catch on quickly. At any point, you can visit the Exercise Center to review the 10 key tango muscles and their control exercises.

Tango Language: Before creating the MasterCourse, we spent years documenting tango concepts and disaggregating terminology. If you are confused about what something means, or why we use the term we do, you can visit the KnowledgeBase for reference.

The Structure: The MasterCourse is a comprehensive tour of the entire Lexicon of Tango inherited from the 1940s. It is organized balancing three goals:

  1. We draw on 8 years of teaching to create the most effective revelation of technique and systems by linking elements together based on their functional/biomechanical relationships.
  2. We use traditional terms as much as possible to synchronize with what you learn elsewhere.
  3. We distill to make tango graspable without losing any detail.

How to Learn: We believe that tango has been mystified and students have been disempowered. Watch each video here to build your confidence in understanding of how tango works. Then practice each part of the video with a partner at home or at a practica. Prepare for each practice section by taking notes on the video or writing down the exact section you want to practice.

Close Embrace: We show the movements in open embrace and quite large, so that it’s possible to see on the video. The technique in close embrace is exactly the same.

Technical Support: Your enrollment includes technical support. If you have any kind of question, do not hesitate to send an email to or use the chat function at the lower right corner of your screen. We answer personally within 24 hours.



The MasterCourse is a complete documentation of TangoForge Pedagogy, covering every Element in the Tango Lexicon. The Lexicon of Tango is the repertoire of 25 Elements and their variations inherited from the 1940s. Until the mid-1990s, tango was understood in groups of steps, or sequences. The Cochabamba Investigation Group analyzed tango and identified the basic elements, from which dancers can compose. Dancing from the elements empowers dancers to to express every music, challenge partners to maintain intense concentration, and use space skillfully for better floorcraft.

The MasterCourse was initially filmed live in class at our StudioBerlin in 2017, and has the charm of student questions, costume changes, and the beautiful 2017 Apprentices, Yoko, Stefan, and Swan, along with TangoForge artist, Jessica Phoenix. During most of the year Vio had an injury in my hip which prevented correct extension and internal rotation. In early 2018, Sebastian Hill, master of Liebscher-Bracht Therapie, repaired her body.

In 2018 Roberto and Vio are re-shooting the MasterCourse, with a new camera and microphone to reduce background noise, outfits chosen to make it easier to see, and uninjured teachers.

The content of the 2017 and 2018 versions is the same, but the presentation is reorganized. In 2018 we combined the Biomechancs and Improvisation into one session. We also combined biomechanically-related movements into single sessions as we’ve found students are learning better this way.

You can choose to stay with our sexy 2017 crew, a live class of students asking questions, and Vio’s constantly changing outfits, or use the more snazzy and further distilled 2018 version.

The 2017 Biomechanics classes make very nice solo workouts, so these are listed additionally by topic at the bottom of the page.

We use the term ‘Mark’ for Leader and ‘Revel’ for Follower. Here’s why
I acknowledge my teachers, Pablo Villarraza and Dana Frígoli, Chicho, El Pulpo, Sebastián Arrua, Makela Brizuela, Pablo Rojas, and Eugenia Parrilla. I am grateful to dancers Armin Kyros, Iwan Harlan, and Germain Cascales for inspiring me to understand how far we can go with pure tango elements and technique. The 2017 TangoForge Apprentices, Yoko, Stefan, and Swan, contributed to refining this pedagogy. My students’ questions throughout my career have challenged and inspired new articulations.

2021: Sound has been upgraded. Timecodes have been added to English version.

2019: Thank you so much for your patience with us. The new 2018 MasterCourse is now complete and live! The 2017 version will remain available.


We want to do the maximum in our power to bring our students together and to support the process of learning the MasterCourse. Therefore we are now making all our live workshops and Seminars FREE to MasterCourse students. Details.

Walking Elements
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01 02 04
Walk Front
Walk Back
Change Foot

We walk together in systems, on tracks, and we can change feet in different combinations.

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03 06
Lateral Steps:
Side steps and Ochos

We step lateral to the partner with open or crossed steps, also called ochos, which are lateral step beginning with a pivot of 90-270 degrees.

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Molinete Lineal

Molinete lineal is tango's custom for walking sidewards.



In sacada the partners step perpendicular to one another, with one partner displacing the other.

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08 09 10

There are three Giros. double-giro and two single-giros, the Mark’s single-giro and the Revel’s single-giro (also known as Calesita).

Control Elements
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The free leg crosses in front or behind the base leg.



A stop, during any point of a step or pivot.

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A barrida moves the Revel's free leg by direct contact with the Mark's free leg.

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21 22

These are the off-balance elements. In Volcada the partners lean on one another. In Colgada the partners hang on one another.

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Adornos are unmarked autonomous embellishments.

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Soltada is any nonstandard embrace.

Power Elements
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14 15
Rebote &

A rebote is an elastic step which returns to the origin. Alteración is a rebote which pivots and releases at a different point than the origin.

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16 17
& Linear

Voleo Circular maximizes front and back projections during a pivot. Voleo Linear maximizes front, back, and side projections.

Vio y Roberto TangoForge Argentine Tango


Ganchos hook a voleo through the partner's leg or around the body.

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19 20
Rebote Cadera
& Patada

Contra block to the Revel's Pivot produces a Rebote Cadera. To a projection produces a kick, often between the partner's legs.

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Salta is a situation in which the Revel's weight is off of both of her feet (jump, lift, drag, sostenida...).

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