Argentine Tango dance technique 5. Walk. Learn to dance with Marcelo Solis. Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

Argentine Tango dance technique 5: Walk

  • Walk naturally, swinging your free of weight leg forward, extending it a little, letting your axis move in the same direction and maintaining it vertically thought the transition, pushing gently from your back standing leg, and transferring your weight to the front leg at the end of this process, keep your foot always in touch with the floor, softly, without dragging it.
  • Reverse the process to walk backwards. Pay attention to point backwards with the back of your foot when extending your free of weight leg backwards, keep your foot always in touch with the floor, softly, without dragging it.
  • Maintain all details regarding your posture as described before.
 
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In the case of dancing Tango, we are required to develop a way of walking.

As with our posture, our human walk is also unique.

As with our posture, our human walk is also unique. In the case of dancing Tango, we are required to develop a way of walking which, remaining natural, serves the purpose of walking in the intimate company of our partner, embraced by each other, among other couples, creating a silent poetic dialogue with our bodies and in connection with the cadence of Argentine Tango music. This kind of music was devised to serve such a purpose, and always guides us on how to move in such situations.

Technical details and exercise:

  • After shifting your weight to one foot, move the leg that is free of weight forward and backward like a pendulum, maintaining light contact with the floor, using the “inside edge position” when passing through the “collect position” when both feet are together.
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Argentine Tango dance technique 1: Posture

We, humans, are unique among all known species. Our upright posture manifests extraordinary qualities.

From the perspective of a milonguero, good posture is not merely instrumental.

By the way we stand up and present ourselves, we tell our own story, who we are, what we strive for, our dreams, our ideals, our thoughts and emotions. Through working on our posture we work not only on our body but on our entire persona. Therefore, from the perspective of a milonguero, good posture is not merely instrumental, achieved and developed only for the purpose of dancing well, but, in addition to our dance, the way we exist, presented to ourselves and everybody. What we can see in our posture (whether it’s the same or different from what everyone else sees) informs about us and shows what we can improve about ourselves.

Technical details and exercises:

  •  Legs and feet together, your weight distributed equally between them.
  • Bring your weight to one of your feet. Your vertical axis should displace in the direction of the foot that gets your weight.
  • Inside edge of your free of weight leg’s shoe in contact with the floor (“inside edge position”).
  • Your supporting leg’s foot resting comfortably on the floor, conducting the weight of your body through it to the floor.
  • Knees close to each other. Your knees maintaining a constant relation to your axis, which passes through the center of your body, from the top of your head to the center of the base of your body in regard to your weight distribution on one foot or between both feet.
  • Hips leveled, both ilium of your hip bone at the same plane parallel to the floor, aligned to your transversal plane.
  • Torso aligned with a vertical axis, resting on your head, which rest on your legs.
  • Neck and head aligned with the same vertical axis line.
  • Your head resting on your neck, which consequently rests on your torso, torso on your hips and hips on your legs and feet. Alignment of all your body parts to your central axis becomes essential.
  • Eyes looking forward. Sight aligned with the floor, looking to the horizontal line.

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