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Social Boleos

…one. This video series does. Today’s Tango Topic looks at that set of circumstances and creates a very specific type of Boleo that could easily be called a “Low” Boleo but it is more apt to be called a Social Boleo. So without further adieu or yapping, Tango Topics presents The Social Boleo and Social Contra Boleo. registration is free, gets you some cool toy, tools, & takes 2 minutes. Have you seen our Boleo Series ? We cover over 12 different types of Boleos Including: Social Boleos, Circular Boleos, Linear Boleos, With Boleos, Contra Boleos, Lead Boleos, Follower Boleos….

Linear Boleos

A Linear Boleo is a type of Boleo where the Follower’s Leg (and sometimes a self Led Lead’s Leg) will lift upwards away from the L/lead in a linear fashion from the Follower’s Backstep. There 2 primary variations of a Linear Boleo. a.) The Mid-Range/Mid-Height Linear. And b.) The Frozen Linear Boleo. Where the Dancer’s leg quite literally freezes in position. 😉 For an example, see Linear Boleos for more information….

Circular Boleos

A Circular Boleo is a type of Boleo where the Follower’s Leg (and sometimes a self Led Lead’s Leg) will curve upwards and possibly around their partner’s body in the air. There 3 variations of a Circular Boleo. a.) The Low Circular. b.) The Mid-Range/Mid-Height Circular. And the one that mostly everyone thinks of as a Boleo The High Circular. This is what you see in performances from Tango’s luminaries. For an example, see Circular Boleos for more information….

Social Boleos

A Social Boleo is a type of Boleo where the Follower’s (or Lead’s) foot extends outwards beyond the couple (but no more than a half-a-leg distance), and does not come off the floor. This type of Boleo is good for Social Tango and respects the line, and the lane of dance, while at the same time respecting the Ronda. For an example, see Social Boleos for more information….

Boleos

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Thought 125 – The Non-Gender Cabeceo

…How’s that ? Imagine following a Lead who uses their arms, their hands, to force them to do X, Y, and Z. More than likely they’ll get the hint that they don’t like that. Imagine leading a Follower that anticipates, or auto-completes an Ocho with being led to do so, or the auto-cross follower, or the auto boleo every other step where there’s space to do it, or hangs, or uses their hands and arms for stabilization, but doesn’t know it. This experience can be very illuminating, a window on your experience of dancing that can for all intent change…

Thought 118 – Good/Bad & Dancer/Teacher

…way, but it’s a good bet that it’s staged. 2.) A good number of performers (who are actually desirable social dancers) do “can” their performances, so go watch their youtube performances to see if you can spot the same thing over and over again. 3.) Frequently the Social Dance Performance will contain simple walking in time to the music. You’ll never see Ganchos, Boleos, Volcadas, Colgadas, Successive and Egregious Sacadas, none of that stuff. This is all about the walk baby. If you’re seeing kicks (linear or circular boleos), flips (yes these do exist in the dance ~ unfortunately), these…

Definition: 7 Basic Moves – Tango Topics

Boleos Which are considered specialty vocabulary choices, yet each one contains variations on a theme of the original 7. Don’t believe that statement is true ? Ok, a Volcada is nothing more than a glorified Argentine Cross, it just so happens that this cross is what you think of a ‘off-axis’. Still another ? The Boleo and the Gancho are both based off the foundation of the Traveling and/or Circular Ocho! The Wrap ? Based on the Follower’s or Lead’s Molinete! The Colgada, nearly any variation of one is based off the Follower’s or Lead’s Molinete! It just so happens…

Thought 134 – Getting Into The Encuentro

Buenos Aires style dancing only a much more refined version of it. The focus is on Social Tango and geared towards smaller, compact dancing. And so that we’re clear on this one: There are generally NO HIGH BOLEOS (Social Boleos Only), NO GANCHOS, NO VOLCADAS, NO COLGADAS, limited open embrace dancing. Cabeceo/Mirada is highly suggested and heartily encouraged and re-enforced. The Encuentro is a limited event. Meaning that unlike the Marathon were the dancing doesn’t stop, the Encuentro does! Think of it as a limited series of Milongas where you have about 4 hours to get to your intended dancing…

Thought 137 – The BsAs High Season

…well! Really, not kidding! Eventually, they may yawn and notice one of their friends in the line of dance behind you, and that you didn’t do something stupid like back up or throw a boleo, or a gancho that has no business in the line of dance. WALKing is the key. In other words, dance to dance, not to be seen dancing. 34.) Smoking. There’s no smoking in the Milongas. Smoke outside. On the street. Also the water that you buy in the little corner bodegas is about 100 pesos LESS than what you’ll pay in the Milonga for the…

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