"Basic 8" is often maligned but
only deserves this when leaders follow
its pattern slavishly durign a milonga or
are not too careful about how, and how
far, they step back on step 1.
would recognise it when it is liberally
spiced up with leader's pivots and
interpreted in time with the melody,
rather than rhythm, of a piece.
some of those maligning it may not have
mastered "step #5" especially
the follower's crusada?
of the best Argentinian teachers use the
Basic 8 as the basic learning tool for
beginners as it demonstrates many
features of Argentine Tango and, if used
with caution, very quickly gets beginners
onto the dance floor
students have mastered these basis steps,
they are ready to learn the ochos that
lead to the giro and all the leg play
that can be built around it.
can also be used as a shorthand to help
explain certain positions of the couple
relative to one another, making it easier
to demonstrate a particular movement.