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Steps: argentine tango

2 couples line dance

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Our sailor has been far away and tangoed in the good air (Buenos Aires = good air) 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: all couples stand in the line of dance (lod) after one another: Lady (L) to the right of Gent (G). Every second couple turn around so 2 couples face one another: in the big lod circle in the ballroom (or in a long straight line). L stands to the right of her G and faces her corner G = the opposite G. At the end of the dance G+L has moved forward to face a new couple.


Short description:


The dance consists of 4 parts: circle, couple dance with corner, chain, couple dance with partner:


1        circle of the 2 couples, clockwise, walking steps or tango steps

2a      couple dance with corner: promenade the square around anticlockwise

2b      tango with corner to L place (basic steps and rock steps (=corté)

3        short chain: with corner and partner

4        Tango with partner: fan on sideline, then tango to opposite place, ready to circle with a new couple



Description in detail:


bar no

1-6                Circle of the 2 couples, clockwise, walking steps or tango steps. 1 round for G, a little less for L, so:

7-8                In the last tango step in the circle G turns left to face corner L with close hold, G his back towards centre ready to promenade tango from G place anticlockwise in the square.

9-14              G1+L2 and G2+L1: promenade tango: along G side, along right side, along L side.

15-16            Promenade tango along the last side includes a 180º right turn, ready for:

9-12              1 basic tango clockwise in the square towards L’s place, and here a rock figure (=corté).

13-18            Chain with 2 tango steps to own partner, L small steps, in place on sideline corner ready for:

19-20            Tango (own partner) out to the middle of the side line with open fan facing the opposite couple.

21-22            Close the fan.

23-26            2 basic steps or promenade to reach the originally opposite place facing a new couple, ready to walk the circle with them.



Dance steps and dance figures:


Argentine tango basic steps, basic dance figure:

We count 1, 2 in a bar, and 2 bars gives the basic figure:

       1               2               1               &              2

       slow          slow          quick        quick        slow

G:    left            right          left            right          left foot

       forward     forward     forward     side           close without receiving weight

L follows G, so L steps backwards on rf in close hold etc.


Basic steps in circle:

In the first part of the dance, the circle, all walk the basic steps of G. For beginners: learn these tango basic steps walking them to the music in bar 9-26 where we have just 1 note for each step.

(Spanish tango, european tango, omits the close step on count 2 and thereby uses only 1½ bars).



Close hold, opens a little in front: G and L both turn face forward and walk forward side by side: G start lf, L rf: walk walk (= slow slow). The next step is short for G so L can get in front of G and face G, so L walks backwards on quick quick close. In the dance here of 2 couples we are now at a corner of the square and continue promenade by walking to the side: walk walk again. Or at the end (bar 16) the promenade is finished by G on quick quick close steps in front of L, turning 180º.


Rock = corté:

Close hold. G steps back on left foot (lf) and bends backwards down in his left knee slow = rock, steps forward on right foot (rf) slow = rock, followed by quick quick close (called tan-go close). We can include a 90º right turn.


Open fan:

In the open fan G and L will in tan-go close in the promenade usually turn ½ around (G right and L left) and side by side (some distance) face against lod. Then close the fan: walk forward (against lod): G lf L rf slow, swing the other (outer) foot around in ½ turn slow and face lod, and have tan-go close L stepping in front of G facing G. In this 2 couple dance here we have a turned open fan on the right side line facing the opposite couple (either facing the wall, or opposite).




In the introductory part with simple walking the circle (bar 1-8) the melody is like classical tango. The rest of the melody (9-24) 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 4/8 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)