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Elegance comes from simplicity and efficiency. Extra movements are often done to compensate/cover the lack of skills. Someone loses balance as he/she walks, thus he/she wiggles his/her body to regain balance. This is not elegant. Someone's balance is good, thus his/her body does not wiggle as...

As mentioned in a previous tip, there are repeating elements (R) (the same rhythm and melody, or just the same rhythm) and concluding elements (C) in tango music. Call and response is another central concept in tango music. A musical idea appears and a musical...

In tango music, musical ideas of various lengths often repeat themselves. Usually, the repetition happens for two or three times, followed by a conclusive or bridging musical element. ...

There is a milonguero saying that the skirt of a good milonguera has a line across her hips....

For a dancing couple on the floor, there is the best default orientation to base their dance. Imagine a dancing couple on the line of dance on the outer lane of the dance floor. Imagine a clockface around this couple. The arrow of the line...

Social dancing happens on a floor with other people dancing on it also. As more people get on the dance floor, the possibility of collision increases. The question of how much space a dancing couple can occupy while being fair to the other couples on...

If you lose balance while doing a movement (walk, ochos, and etc.) but are stable with a partner, your partner is doing the work to keep you on balance and thus he/she is being burdened. Practice walking and ochos alone until you can do them...

When connection is well established, giving and following a marca can become effortless. I'll try to demonstrate this point using the below exercise....

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....

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....

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....

A common mistake in doing molinete is to move by falling instead of to move by walking....

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....

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....