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Article: TANGO ETIQUETTE

Available in other languages: sk+cs
Owner: Rony Strehár
Flags: Fun, Leisure reading, Technical article,
Modification date: 28 July 2008, 21:03

MAKING TANGO PLEASANT

For Leaders

  1. Know how to ask someone to dance (cabeceo)
  2. Follow the line of dance and stay in your lane
  3. Walk smoothly
  4. Keep your own balance
  5. Keep the rhythm (even at the expense of executing fancier steps)
  6. Be aware of where you and others are on the floor
  7. Know how to walk, turn, stop and lead a few embellishments
  8. Know how to interrupt a step to keep from hitting another couple
  9. Know how to put basic elements together to make a dance

For Followers

  1. Know how to accept or decline a dance (cabeceo)
  2. Wait for the lead
  3. Walk smoothly and walk to the cross well
  4. Keep your own balance
  5. Keep the rhythm
  6. Be aware of others on the floor
  7. Know how to walk, turn, stop and execute a few embellishments

 

THE ART OF INVITATION

 

The question of whom to ask for a dance is not as trivial as it may seem. Force of habit, dancing capabilities, or personal attraction may incline a dancer to dance with the same partner (or a few partners) all the time. This, however, is not helpful to the social dynamics of a dance, therefore dance etiquette speaks out on the choice of partners: To ensure a diversity of partnerships on the floor, and to give everyone a chance to dance, etiquette rules against asking the same partner for more than two consecutive dances.

FOLLOWING

Ladies, do not anticipate moves. Follow and add your own style; there are many embellishments that you can add to the dance which do not require a lead from the man.

Men, provide clear leads and signals; always remember, your most important job is to lead the lady.

IMPROVISATION

Memorized 12 and 8 step figures will not function. You have two ways to approach improvisation. Learn to split the figure into a different ending when you realize your first idea is leading to trouble (this requires higher level tango skills). An easier strategy is to utilize 4 and 2 count figures (elements). The rock-step is a good defense against a potential collision. Drop all the hot moves you just learned in class, but haven't quite mastered. Learn to do very tight circular moves.

DON'T CUT CORNERS

In order to create a rectangular floor, dance ALL the way into the corners, where you are protected on two sides, and maybe have a little room for a fancier move. If you cut the corner, you have just eliminated a space that would have fit in 2 or 3 more couples, then the next lane knocks of a couple more... multiply times four corners, and you see this has a lot of impact.

DANCE SMALL

Dance very close to your partner; use smaller steps; don't whap people with big-kicking boleos. While we no longer settle collisions with a knife fight in the alley, bumping other people is not considered to be good form. Don't zig-zag across the lanes. At some of these festivals you see a few dancers zipping around really fast. Avoiding collisions, they think they are pretty hot, ignoring the wake of disruption they have created by all the near-misses.

DRESSCODE

Milongas: (Argentine Tango) For both ladies and gentlemen, black or dark themes are preferred.

Latin: This refers to venues that specialize in Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, etc. For gentlemen, any button-up shirt, solid T-shirt or mock turtleneck, dress slacks, and dance shoes. Jackets are nice, but a vest can be even more stylish. Unlike most other dance venues, bright and colorful outfits for gentlemen are acceptable, although dark themes are more common.

Ladies can (and often do) wear sexy outfits: both short skirts and longer slit skirts are popular. Low necklines and exposed midriffs are not uncommon.

DANCING IS NOT CHATTING !!!

 

source: http://www.easytango.com

 

 

 

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