Learn to Tango
Argentine Tango Lessons : Stokeinteignhead : Lesson 4
Aim of the lesson:
To encourage followers’ awareness of where and how they use their body weight.
Warm up exercises
· Walking forward and backwards
· Forward and backwards ochos
· Practice a combination of forward and backward walks, ochos and giros to both sides of the leader.
· Play the ‘mirror game’ with your partner to help develop a wordless relationship.
All dancers to practice moving their body weight from one foot to the other – particularly sideways and on to a bent back leg – remember to keep your body upright and don’t lean backwards.
Start with your weight on your left leg. Let your leader lead you into three backwards ochos. On the third step your leader should trap your left foot between their two feet. Your weight should be back on your right leg (which is bent). Allow your left arm to slide down your partners right arm so that the space between you has increased but DON’T let go of their arm. As the leader shifts their weight back onto their right leg you will be brought upright onto your left foot. From here your partner may invite you to step over their leg – but wait to see what they do!
The followers will begin with their weight on their left leg. Lead the follower into three backwards ochos. As the follower steps backwards for the third time bring your right toe alongside the outside of their left toe and allow them to sit back on their right leg. Bring your left foot forward so that the toes are just inside the followers left toes. Transfer your weight and take a small step backwards with your right leg, and, in the process, bringing your follower to an upright position with all their weight on their left leg. From this position you could lead them to step over your right leg and into a giro.