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 practice. 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.

We use the term ‘Mark’ for Leader and ‘Revel’ for Follower. Here’s why

2020 TangoForge

6-19.February Wellington NZ
7-9 February Bruges Neo Tango


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Reflect and Train


Exercises from Maui

Walking Elements

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Vorwärts gehen
Rückwärts gehen

Wir gehen zusammen in Systemen, auf Schienen, und wir können die Füße in verschiedenen Kombinationen wechseln.

03 06
Laterale Schritte:
Seitschritte und Ochos

Ein Ocho ist ein Schritt, der mit einem Drehpunkt von 90-270 Grad beginnt

Molinete Linear

Molinete linear ist der Brauch des Tangos, seitwärts zu gehen.


In einer Sacada gehen die Partner rechtwinklig auf einander zu, wobei ein Partner den anderen verdrängt.

08 09 10

Es gibt drei Giros. Doppel-Giro und zwei Single-Giros, der Single-Giro des Marks und der Single-Giro vom Revel (auch als Calesita bekannt).

Control Elements


Das freie Bein kreuzt vor oder hinter dem Basisbein.


Ein Stopp während eines beliebigen Punktes oder Drehpunkts.


Eine Barrida bewegt das freie Bein des Revel durch direkten Kontakt mit dem freien Bein des Marks.

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Dies sind die außerbalancierten Elemente. In Volcada stützen sich die Partner aneinander. In Colgada hängen die Partner.


Adornos sind nicht gekennzeichnete Verzierungen. Beide Partner können fast alles, was sie wollen, tun, solange sie zuverlässig und vorhersehbar sind.


Eine Soltada geht aus der Standardumarmung heraus.

Power Elements

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Ein Rebote ist ein elastischer Schritt, der zum Ursprung zurückkehrt.
Alteración ist ein Rebote, der an einem anderen Punkt als den Ursprung endet.

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& Linear

Voleo Circular maximiert die Vorder- und Rückprojektion während eines Pivots.
Voleo Linear maximiert die Projektionen nach vorne, hinten und seitlich.


Ganchos haken einen Voleo durch das Bein des Partners oder um den Körper.

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Rebote Cadera
& Patada

Contra Block gegen Revel Pivot.
Patada ist ein Tritt, normalerweise zwischen die Beine des Partners, der mit einem Kontrablock geführt ist.


Ein Salta ist eine Situation, in der das Gewicht des Revels von beiden Füßen genommen wird. Dies kann ein Sprung, ein Heben, Ziehen oder Sostenida sein.


Power is the courage, confidence, and competence to make things happen. I want to create in a way that’s incomparable and define my own compensation package. You too?

Syntax of Power is a raw, potent, and spare revelation of how I got to where I am and how I take on the struggle every day.

This book is not about tango, it’s about everything else.

It’s about stepping into the darkness of change, learning how to take care of yourself, and making things happen.

Dyv stands for Duro y Vio. We were inspired by a 2007 conference at Harvard University about tango as a transnational culture. Also we wanted to create something that would help people to imagine a queerer tango. We forbid ourselves to use the word ‘passion’ and instead tried to articulate the experience more precisely.

Argentine Tango is more than an elaborate and difficult dance, it is an international culture of intimacy, desire, and dignity. No mere romance or memoir, the intricately woven stories evoke tango’s true mysteries … the elation, the frustration, the compulsion…

We published the book in 2009. Dancers asked “how did you know what I was feeling?”

Silences in history. Silences by code. Silences of fear. You already know that Tango’s silences can be sublime and they can be devastating.

What I do in my blog is use myself as a lens – sometimes a microscope, sometimes a telescope. I try to be as honest with myself and you as words concede. Then I try to find a deeper meaning and imagine a pathway for us.

A blog post can be a fragment, a wisp of inspiration, an outline for thinking. A book must complete and reconcile it all. Now I drag the social scientist to the scene to enumerate the facts of the case, the mystery which brought both stardom and tragedy to my life.

We didn’t start online education in March of 2020. We started in 2014. Learn more about our Digital School