Modern folk dance with ballroom dance steps and latin dance steps

Argentine caprice

Steps: argentine tango

Circle dance, change of partners

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Melody (violin, accordion)

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Clarinet A

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Steps and figures




Our sailor has been far away and tangoed in good mood (Buenos Aires = good air or good mood and humour) and was inspired to use argentine tango steps in a traditional Danish type folk dance. We here dance argentine tango (with basic steps: slow slow quick quick slow over 2 bars).

We dance for the pleasure so you are free to select a relaxed informal hold etc.



Dance description


Start: big circle of couples (all the dancers of the ballroom)



Short description:


After an introduction with a big circle, the dance consists of 2 parts: couple dance and chain to a new partner:


intr     big circle clockwise, walking steps (or tango steps) in bar 1-8. Then only 9-20 is played repeatedly.

1a      4 bars (9-12) basic steps (= 2 basic steps)

1b      4 bars (13-16) either: A, B, or C

2        4 bars (17-20) chain with tango steps to a new partner


A       rock

B       promenade

C       fan


(Or practise each figure A, B, or C alone in all of 9-20).



Description in detail:


bar no

1-8                Big circle, holding hands, clockwise, walking steps or argentine tango walk.

9-12              Couple dance, close hold: 2 basic steps.

13-16            Couple dance: A (rock corte), or B (promenade), or C (fan).

17-20            Chain with tango steps. Then repeat from bar 9.



Dance steps and dance figures:


Basic steps:

We count: slow slow quick quick slow in 2 bars of 2/4: lf walk forward slow, rf walk forward slow, lf step forward quick, rf step to the right quick, lf close to rf without weight slow. lf = left foot, rf = right foot. G = Gent, L = Lady. The quick quick close step is called: tan-go close.

The next dance figures also use this count. The melody in bar 9-20 has this count note for note, to ease the learning of these figures.


Rock corté

G: lf back and bend down in left knee and lean your upper back a little back while rf is between L feet, L has in the same way rf forward rock slow; weight is shifted to the other foot rock slow, this is continued in tan-go close step. We can turn a little right during rock steps.



Continuos promenade figures, each figure = 2 bars of 2/4 with walk walk tan-go close: dance zig zag forward diagonally from the wall and towards the wall:

promenade hold (= close hold opened a little in front, both G and L looking forward): L walks forward together with G on the right side of G, diagonally from the wall slow slow G: lf rf  L: rf lf, then G turns diagonally toward the wall while L turns in front of and facing G in normal closed hold: tan-go close L stepping backwards. Then ¼ turn G left L right to promenade hold with walk walk etc.



Fan is opened: promenade hold: G releases hold of L with his right arm walking forward on lf slow with ½ right turn on both foot balls, shifting weight to rf slow, lf close to rf quick, rf out to the right side quick, lf closes to rf slow, with a little pull in hands (G left L right hands) and possible waving with the free hands. L follows G mirror reflected. G and L have their backs to line of dance (lod).

Fan is closed: G: walks forward (against lod) lf slow, with ½ left turn on lf ball swinging rf around and a little forward in lod slow; L follows G mirror reflected; now L steps in front of and facing G to close hold and we have tan-go close.


See dance 14 "Argentine air" for further description.




In the introductory part with possible simple walking the circle (bar 1-8) the melody is like classical tango. The rest of the melody (9-20) has just one note for each step to facilitate the learning: slow slow quick quick slow. Argentine tango has a different and harder, more staccato rhythm than Spanish tango, in simple form with 4 almost equal beats pr bar (i.e beat pr 1/8 in this 2/4 bar).

To be played: as argentine tango: e.g. 2 + 2 beats pr bar.




These tango figures can be seen nicely explained (in English, USA) by: Nancy Hays: Latin dance: salsa, cha cha, rumba, tango, 2001 (DVD, Holte Library).