Technique

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...

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...

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...

Toes and ankles can be used for articulation and expression, as well as for stability and smoothness. Using them is especially important during weight transfer. In side and back steps, touch the floor with the toes of the landing foot with its toe joints and ankle...

In tango dancing, the upper body and the lower body have different primary roles. In general, the upper body is used to convey marcas and as the vehicle of embrace, and the lower body is used to move and as the vehicle of expression. Thus, if...

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,...