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When connection is well established, giving and following a marca can become effortless. I'll try to demonstrate this point using the below exercise. (Partner version) (1) Stand in front of each other. Raise your palm vertically and extend forward toward the palm of your partner, who does...

Stand in front of your partner, at an arm's length. Grab each other's arms. Then, get closer to each other, little by little. Be aware that you and your partner are getting closer. And, notice if, at a certain distance, you suddenly begin to feel...

There is a scene in the movie "Scent of a Woman", where a blind man dances tango. Dancing as if we cannot see our partner can be a good practice. Communication in tango is tactile. Marcas are given and received through the points of touch....

There are reasons why the woman in a dancing couple would not want to do what is marked by her partner, including safety (theirs and others) and preference (e.g. no leg wrap over this man). When she does not like an incoming marca, what can...

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...