Jo and Rusty in a Cogada

Why mini-colgada? To differentiate the difference between social colgadas for a crowded dance floor and large nuevo colgadas for a sparsely scattered dance floor or performances.


Every thing you wanted to know about sacadas but couldn’t even figure out the question to ask

Remember this web site is a work in progress. This section will be completely sacadas from the beginning to the (end? is there an end?) advanced dancers dream.


Your Argentine Tango Dance Foundation

Funny tango writing

How do you know if your foundation is intact? How do you know if you are actually getting stronger? If you are lifting weights you know because you can lift heavier weights or your muscle mass gets more pronounced or you loose body fat. What is the litmus test for tango?

This is where […]

Syncopated Ochos and Sacadas

sacada graph


When is a sacada a sacada? A sacada is when the entering foot crosses the center line of your partner’s feet toward the trailing foot. Dancing in your partner’s wake or slip stream. A sacada happens BEHIND your partner!

Here is a demo of what you can dance using this lesson and below […]

Volcada from a stolen Cruzada

volcada in tango

Volcada is a shared axis move. You must trust your partner. The Volcada is to lean into one also called apile which means to pile onto! Volcada means to tip over or capsize. When we do a volcada we lean into one another enough that we actually are supporting one another’s axis.

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Volcada and Calesita


The lean is call apilada. Apilada is from the word ‘apile’ which means to pile or lean. You can see that there is a triangle under us as I meet Joanne in the middle of the lean so as to support her as she leans back on me.

This is the epitome of the phrase […]

Sacada con Syncopas

Rusty and Joanne dance tango doing sacadas

Rusty and Joanne dance tango doing sacadas

Using a quick synchopa as a starter step and then another synchopa to create the enroques this is a very series of steps and in learning it you will be learning to create a dynamic in your dance you may not have seen before because of the […]

08 The Tango Close


Learn the Tango Close

Here are your keys to musicality. Closing with the phrase always looks elegant! It is not a requirement, rather this is another of many skills in your tango repertoire.

Execute a tango close precisely with the music and you are musical Quick Quick Slow When and Where


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