Rick's Tango Club

Being gentle but firm is a good reference for how to embrace the woman's back with the man's right arm. Being gentle is how his right arm presses her back. Being firm is how his right arm responds to the pressure from her back. The man's right...

In general, a walk moves the axis of the walker linearly from one point to another while keeping the orientation of his/her lower body the same, and a pivot changes the orientation of the pivoter's lower body while keeping the location of his/her axis the...

A signal becomes clearer when it gets stronger and/or the noise that comes with it gets weaker. A marca also becomes clearer when it gets stronger and/or the noise that comes with it gets weaker. Removing noise is more important than making strong marcas: if dancing is driving,...

At the peak of social dancing in Buenos Aires, different neighborhoods of the city had different favored steps. People in some neighborhoods liked gancho, people in another liked ocho cortado, and people in yet another liked to do giros. Which steps were favored by which...

As you learn, you will eventually encounter the topic of tango dance "styles". Someone will say that this style is the best, another will say that that style is the best, and yet another will say that there is no such thing as tango dance...

Using arms and hands is a proper and well-established marking technique that existed before the chest-based one, but there are wrong ways of doing it: 1) disrupting, 2) forceful, and 3) burdening. An example of each of these wrong ways is shown below, for the...

The variación (variation in English) is the ending segment of tango music where instruments, especially bandoneon, do a virtuoso performance with short notes. The length of variación is usually 10 to 30 seconds. El Recodo by Biagi has 10 seconds of variación (from 2:11): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzddI1uIAFE   No me extraña...

Rest your attention on the heart (more precisely, the heart chakra area) of your partner. Your attention may go to other things (music, floor traffic, body mechanics, distractions, and etc), but always leave a part of your mind/attention on the heart of your partner. This way, a...

Imagine that you and your partner stand closely in front of each other and embrace. Then, imagine that you and your partner make a few small side steps away from each other (for example, small side steps to each's left). If nothing else is done,...