LEARN TANGO STEP-BY-STEP

The most common complaint that I hear from students, especially beginners, is that they have "forgotten the steps" to a particular figure or arrangement. This is understandable as most people attend Tango classes only once a week, and frequently less.

In an attempt to alleviate this problem I have started to write down the steps of the most popular figures used in Tango. The terminology that I have adopted is that used by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing [U.K.] and the National Association of Teachers of Dancing [U.K.].

Now, only a fool would believe that you can learn Tango by simply reading and learning the foot positions and the main purpose of the attached charts is to supplement dance lessons with a properly qualified and experienced teacher.

If you have learned any of the attached figures and find that the steps are slightly different - don't worry. One of the joys of Tango is that there are many variations of even the most basic figures.

The abbreviations used in the attached charts are as follows:

RF

right foot

LF

left foot

fwd

forward

O/P

outside partner

w/w

without weight

I/O

inside of manís foot / outside of ladyís foot

I/I

inside of manís foot / inside of ladyís foot

O/O

outside of manís foot / outside of ladyís foot

O/I

outside of manís foot / inside of ladyís foot

 

LIST OF TANGO FIGURES

For details of man's and ladiesí steps click on the figure you want to learn or revise.

1.

Walking in-line

2.

Walking in-line with stops and weight changes

3.

Walking in-line with Rebounds

4.

LF side step, walk O/P and back in-line

5.

LF side step, walk O/P to Cruzada

6.

Forward Ocho

7.

Backward Ocho

8.

Ocho Cortado

9.

Changing between Backward and Forward Ochos 

10.

Crossed feet walking to Cruzada

11.

Paraditas within Forward Ochos

12.

Backward Ocho to Parada with Sandwich

13.

Medio Giro [Half Turn] to left

14. Rebound Half-Turn to left
15.

Simple Giro to Right

16.

Backward Ocho to Calesita

17.

Walking with progressive turns to left and right 

18.

Walking O/P on ladies' left side in crossed feet

19. Boleos
20. Sacadas
21. Additional Giros

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