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The Embrace is what identifies Argentine Tango as Tango, while most social dances have a version of an embrace, Tango’s embrace format is unique in the dance world. It is usually an asymmetrical arm embrace, where the Lead’s left arm and the Follower’s right arm are angled at the elbow at a 60 to 90 degree angle perpendicular to the floor. That near perpendicular position is a defining characteristic, as well as the ‘free’ arm of either partner goes around their partner (See Close Embrace) or is on their side, about 6 inches under the armpit of their partner in Open Embrace.

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