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Hints & Myths about Argentine Tango
       

Barrida

The barrida refers to any move in which one or other - even both - partners sweep - or appear to sweep - their partner's foot along the floor with their own.

There are many starting positions but interplay is always between two unweighted feet and the motion is controlled by rotation of the leader's torso, not his feet.

 
The barrida can appear to be a hooked or a magnetic "pull" or "push" depending on relative feet position; it can take place between either foot of leader and follower; and can be in either direction. It can also be linear or rotary according to the direction of the basic move that is being accentuated by the barrida.
 

Alex Krebs on barridas

Rodolfo Aguerrodi and Miho Omaki on barridas

 
     

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