Steps: argentine tango
Circle dance, change of partners
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We dance for the pleasure so you are free to select a relaxed informal hold etc.
Start: big circle of couples (all the dancers of the ballroom)
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
(Or practise each figure A, B, or C alone in all of 9-20).
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.
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.
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.
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