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8 Types of Turns

There are 8 Types of Turns in Argentine Tango. 1.) The Walking Turn. 2.) The Media Luna 3.) The Argentine Calesita 4.) The Argentine Rock Step 5.) Ocho Cortado (Linear Version / Circular Version) 6.) Colgada Turns / Single Axis Turns. 7.) The Follower’s Molinete / The Lead’s Giro 8.) The ‘Milonguero’ Turn. Please see the Article and Video on this very important topic….

Follower Forward Steps

Follower Forward Steps. For a Follower, this type of walking step only happens 4 times in the dance. In Forward Ochos (and it’s variations), the Ocho Cortado (and it’s variations), the Follower’s Molinete (not the Milonguero Turn), all Calesitas and Walking Turns, and lastly Milonga! This is an important step for the Follower to learn even though it’s used infrequently, it is quite possibly the most important step because it shows off the skills, and lines of the Follower!…

Linear Ochos

Linear Ochos. This type of Ocho serves two purposes. One, we use it as a teaching tool for both Lead and Follow to study, and continue to study (refinements) of the Disassociation and Applied Disassociation technique and applications. Two, we use it as an exercise to practice on a day to day basic. While the Ocho can be used in the line of dance by either role, it can only be used from a stopped position, where there is space to lead and follow them. The Linear Ocho is an disassociative motion where by the Lead engages upper body disassociation,…

Advice 076 – BsAs – Salon Canning

…about it’. If you’ve been there for about 3 to 4 months at minimum, you might get a ‘hola’ or ‘che’ but generally not unless you’ve been introduced personally and/or studied with them and even that’s a stretch. Is it all that perfect walking or is there ‘crazy’ dancing ? It’s a mixture of Walking, Milonguero Turns and molinetes, coupled with rock steps, patter, and Ocho Cortados. Knowing your 8 major turns would be very helpful here. You’ll need to be very facile with your turns in tight spaces and musically done as well. Do you need to know colgadas,…

Definition: La Marca – Tango Topics

…be done at A. Where X can be, but is not limited to, an Ocho, the Follower’s Molinete, an Argentine Cross, etc. Where Y can be, but is not limited to a specific beat, a musical pause, the ending of a musical paragraph, an accent note, a sincopa, la variacion…etc. It can be, and usually is, entirely musical in its application. La Marca can also be initiated by the Follower! Ha! Didn’t see that one coming did you? It’s true. A Follower can initiate and deliver La Marca to their Lead to indicate one of a few things, a.) Assurance…

The Four Parts of Social Milonga

…and then walk (see ? walking, not running) the Follower on that beat…but doesn’t. tango is the unending onion, there’s always another layer. register & remove a layer! Have you seen The Eight Tango Turns Series ? We showcase 8 types of turns: 1.) The Follower’s Molinete. 2.) The Milonguero Turn. 3.) The Rock Step. 4.) The Ocho Cortado. 5.) The Walking Turn. 6.) The Calesita. 7.) The Colgada Turn. 8.) The Media Luna. Learn > The Eight Tango Turns gold madness is a gold subscription & milonga madness together! The Musical Prerequisite There is an absolute prerequisite to this…

Definition: Pulling – Tango Topics

…Circular Ocho, or on the Forward Step out of an Argentine Cross. It may also happen in Colgadas, Volcadas, Sacadas, as well as Soltadas, and a host of other places, but those are the most common forms. From a Follower’s perspective, they’ll ‘pull’ just before the open side circular forward ocho, or open side forward step of the Molinete, this is done for stabilization. Belief ? The belief is that no one believes that they use their arms, or hands to pull their partners around the floor. Reality ? Upwards of 70% of Leads and Followers use their arms and…

Thought 129 – Learning The Other Side

…execute every Back Sacada known to man as a Lead. However, in order to execute them, you’re going to need to learn how to do a Linear Ocho! Why ? Because, generally, the Lead’s Back Sacada is in Over-Rotation, and that Over-Rotation is based on the skillset of Applied Disassociation. And the Applied Disassociation is the Engine of the Ocho! b.) From a Following perspective, learning to lead will give you access to the Role of the Active Follower! Why ? Mostly because you will know exactly, with pin-point precision, what is being asked of you and why! Which thereby…

Anti-Ochos

Anti Ochos. This particular type of Ocho is an Ocho that seemingly is a toy, when in fact it has massive implications for leading and following on multiple levels, not the least of which is the “no” or Null Lead/Follow concept. But that’s a horse of a different color. 🙂 Anti-Ochos start out looking just like Linear Ochos, and about 2 ochos later, not so much with that. After the 2nd or 3rd ocho, the Lead changes their direction that they’re going (if going from left to right, they’re now going right to left) which is opposite the Follower’s direction!…

Bootcamp Section

…visuals are what you’re after. Most of this stuff does focus on what the Follower is doing, there’s a fair amount in there for the Lead as well. This video series has been updated twice (Common Core videos and now Tango Topics). Enjoy. Foundation –  Forward, Side, Back, Ballet Rises and its usage.Walking Systems – Parallel & Cross System explained and detailed.Embrace – 4 Embrace videos.Lazy Ochos – The foundations of the ‘Lazy’ Ocho.Disassociation – The nature and foundation of disassociation and it’s usage.Linear Ochos – The foundation of the ‘traveling’ ocho, and every other ocho you know.Molinete – Foundation of the Follower’s Turn and the Lead’s Giro.The…

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