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Being a demanded dancer early in one's tango life, due to gender/role balance, appearance, age, and etc., can decrease his/her motivation to learn and practice as he/she has enough dancing already. If such a person stops learning and practicing too early (before becoming able to...

When a man marks a walk, he does so without moving his body. An example is below. I'll use a marca-by-push for a side step as an example. 1. Stand perpendicularly to a wall, with your left arm close to it and your right arm far...

Salida is a Spanish word for departure, and it meant the departure of a couple into the line of dance. Imagine a line of dance as a stream which flows counter-clockwise on the floor, and for a couple who are outside of the floor to...

For many people to have a good time dancing on the same floor of a milonga, respect is needed - the wanting not to disturb other people on the floor out of respect for them. In the early days of tango, it was needed for one's...

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...

A common mistake in doing molinete is to move by falling instead of to move by walking. Molinete is the repetition of the cycle of four walking steps - a side step with foot A, a front step with foot B (and a pivot), a side...

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,...

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...

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...