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Hints & Myths about Argentine Tango

tango8.bmp Tango Following

Tango following requires poise and sensitivity. The follower moves from one balanced position to a new one in line with the leader's subtle movements of shoulders and torso.

A good leader will always show the intention of his move with a small axis shift and check that the follower is moving in that direction before committing himself fully to the axis shift. This is the key to appearing to move together.

Yvonne shared someof her wisdom with us:

 

Forward ocho:

 
  Follower begins pivoting as soon as she has balance

upper torso faces leader while hips/legs walk across

Decorate with short foot flick in front of weighted foot before stepping

Backward ocho:

 
 

follower begins pivoting as soon as she has balance

pivoting needs to be tight to stay close to leader

upper torso faces leader while hips/legs walk across

decorate with foot flick in front of weighted foot after pivot before stepping

Giro:

 
  Ideally box of four steps around leader (arbitrary start/exit points in cycle)

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Getting around
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