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Senor Tango Gancho

The gancho refers to any move in which one or other - even both - partners briefly hook their lower leg around their partner's thigh.

There are many starting positions but the line of the leader and follower's legs will will generally form a "T".

Usually, the leader moves his relaxed, weightless leg out sideways so that his foot finds and hooks around the ankle of his follower's weighted leg as she is turned to collect on a backward step. The gancho happens because the collect is blocked.

 
On lateral ganchos, the leader moves his relaxed, weightless lower leg out forwards past his follower's kneeline close to his follower's freeing leg as she is turned to collect on an open step. The gancho happens because the collect is blocked.

Great care is needed, especially on busy dance floors, to maintain balance and keep the hooked leg within the couple's space to avoid injury to other dancers.

 
     

Alex Krebs on ganchos

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