Cross System – Step Half-Step Entry. Every social dance employs the use of Parallel Walking. Tango on the other hand has more than 1 way to walk. Enter ‘Cross’ System. Meaning ? Lead left to Follower left and Lead Right to Follower Right. Sometimes this way of walking is referred to as ‘Same‘ Feet walking. Meaning that you’re going to step with the same foot at the same time with your partner. This way of moving is quite literally what sets Tango apart in the dance world. No other social dance allows for such diversity in it’s way of moving. Tango just doubles up (actually because there are 6, it’s times six!).
Why do we learn Cross System ? The simplest answer is because it offers us options and opportunities to engage in other ways of moving that Parallel walking would restrict us. Cross system frees us from those constraints and at the same time adds a whole other layer of complexity.
The Two Methods of Entering Cross System. This method is the common first way, it’s used quite frequently to walk to the Argentine Cross, walking into a Molinete, a Milonguero Turn, Traveling Ochos, and that’s just for starters. This way of walking is basically walking on 3 tracks, but the trick is how you do it! This video shows you that trick!
What’s Included ?
Step – Half Step Entry (open side shown)
3 Track Walking on the Open side.
3 Track Walking on the Closed side.
Close up of foot dynamics and foot placement.
Demonstration of getting into and out of Cross System using Step Half-Step.