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The Argentine Soltada

The Argentine Soltada falls into that category of ‘flashy’, some might say ‘cool’, and/or ’nuevo’ tango vocabulary, that depending on your point of view may or may not be tango. For those people that are in the may be tango camp, you don’t really care, you just think it’s the bees knees and want to understand how it works, how to generate it and what other cool things you can do with it. For those people in the not tango camp, you have a point. You’re right, it’s not tango. It’s technically a borrowed turn from Salsa. Today’s Tango Topic is for the first group of people that are interested in expanding their ideas of what’s possible. While it’s true that this kind of vocabulary and exploratory of tango’s dark magic can be, if poorly executed, can be a navigational nightmare and dancing hazard, the feeling is that if you have access to good, clean, clear information, then there’s really no reason in the world why shouldn’t at the very least explore The Argentine Soltada.

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What is an Argentine Soltada ? First the word “Soltada” comes from the root Spanish word, “Soltar” which means, when translated from Spanish to English, ‘to release’ or ‘to drop’. When you add the ‘ada’ ending to a Spanish -ar verb it means that the verb ends in a ‘ed’ as it would in English. So in this case, the word translates as either “dropped” or “released”. How does that relate to the move that we’re demonstrating above ? well, it’s not a drop, but in fact a ‘release’. Truthfully the Argentine Soltada is a spin that has been borrowed from Salsa, and made functional in Argentine Tango. The ‘spin’ part isn’t truly a spin, it’s a half of a spin with a variation which we’ll get to in a moment. So it’s a half-spin with a variation with Salsa technique attached to it. In the Soltada we’re describing the flashy part of what the Follower does, and not necessarily what the Lead does. The Lead kinda sorta stands there and waves their arms around a bit, and the Follower half-spins. Ok, that’s a misnomer because the Lead is actually leading the spin, or should be. Typically the Soltada is a way to get into and out of change orientation movements, like the Americana Embrace, or Over-Rotated Sacadas, or Single File Couples Walking, etc…there are loads of applications employing this entry and exit. Now to the rest of the descriptive above, we said that there’s a variation to this ? And there is. The variation is that in a true spin, the foot that the Follower is spining on top of wouldn’t change. Meaning they’d stay on the same foot. In this case, the Soltada requires that the Follower is led to change their weight so that the Couple comes out in the right place. This is an Argentine Soltada.

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The Case For WHY You Need This ? Actually, you don’t need it. Huh? Hmmm…that’s no way to sell videos or subscriptions. You’re right. It’s not. That’s because we’re not in the business of teaching you useless vocabulary that you probably don’t need. Stay with us on this one, it’s not going where you think it is. From a very specific point of view, this is cool vocab. No doubt about it. However, from another point of view, the social dancer who’s been dancing a while, a long while, this is nothing more than vocabulary that doesn’t further the cause of Social Dancing. Now here’s the kicker – Both, yes, BOTH points of view are valid. Here’s why:

From the Social Dancer’s point of view, you’re never going to use this stuff. Maybe once in a blue moon, but in reality the better that you get, the less you use this stuff. From their point of view, it’s four pieces of vocabulary that you need: The 6 Ways of Walking, Traveling Ochos/Milonguero Ochos, The Follower’s Molinete/The Milonguero Turn, and lastly – The Argentine Cross. That’s it. That’s all you need. From the Dancer’s point of view that’s hasn’t mastered this stuff yet, this is cool and you want to play with it, and to be able to master it. To find it’s in’s, out’s, how’s, and why’s, and mostly to have fun with it. Both points have their merits.

And now to the one twist in our point that you probably weren’t expecting. This stuff actually has validity, maybe not from a social dancing perspective, immediately, but more from a movement, and musical perspective. The fact is that this is all about one thing and one thing only: Skillz!

There’s a reason you study vocabulary like this, and it’s not because it’s cool (it can be), or that’s it’s musical (it is), or that it’s fun (it is that), or that it adds a little spice and variety now again (the once in a blue moon methodology). It’s because it’s all about your Foundation. Or put another way, because this vocabulary works your foundation in a really good way, by breaking down the movements to their component elements, so then you can become a much more fluid dancer so that you can use it, or not. It’s about availability, accessibility. Not about using it. Using it is entirely up you. But working the instrument, that’s what this vocabulary does. It works your instrument, … ahem…that’s you in case you weren’t paying attention.

No one wants to admit that they need help. That their dance isn’t stellar. Furthermore, you really don’t know that your dancing skills aren’t absolutely amazing until you see a room full of people all dancing way better than you are. And then you see it and feel like the poor cousin at the kiddie table during a holiday meal. There’s a reason those people have achieved ‘better’. It’s doing work like what you see in the video above. Being able to turn this stuff on and off as if it were a switch. A good portion of the time when we’re dancing we only think about the ‘cool’ toys in our dancing and we neglect the one thing that makes those cool toys possible: Our Foundation. That is, in case you’re not paying attention, this video series and others like it.

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About The Video: This is a combined video that is 27: 32 in length in 14 sections:

Section 1 – Introduction – 00:01:51
Section 2 – Hand Holds (Lead/Follow) – 00:02:26
Section 3 – Exits (Lead/Follow) – 00:01:31
Section 4 – Review – 00:00:26
Section 5 – Footwork (Lead/Follow) – 00:02;27
Section 6 – Soltada Advice – 00:03:48 
Section 7/8 – Soltada Ideas – 00:05:00
Section 9 – Soltada with a Sacada – 00:01:12
Section 10 – Soltada with Single Partner Walk – 00:01:04
Section 11 – Soltada with an Forward Lazy Ochos – 00:01:12
Section 12 – Soltada with an Anti Molinete – 00:01:57
Section 13 – Soltada with a Gooey Gancho – 00:00:57
Section 14 – Soltada with a Linear Boleos (Lead and Follow Boleos – 00:02:56

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Remember that what you’re seeing is a couple that is performing for the 15th row for a room full of people, they’re not social dancing. Whereas this website is all about ‘Social Dancing’  or how to make things function on a social dance floor. Social Dance floor ? Your local milonga! They’re showing flashy moves as a presentation! But not stopping and talking about how this works, why you’d want to put that piece of vocabulary there, or how to make things fit. This website is all about those things and more!

You could watch those videos and thereby spend your time, trying to infer, and figure out how things may work in that particular situation. Bend your body this way or that, twist and force this position or that. Place your foot here or there and figure it out. This is known as Tango Twister.  Which can be a lot of fun, but more than likely it won’t help you, because you’re missing something: The explanation from an experienced teacher showing you how to properly excute this stuff from a Leading Perspective as well as from a Following Perspective!

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