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American Style Tango
8-Count Basic
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1. 8-Count Basic

The Tango 8-Count Basic (sometimes simply called the Tango Basic) is a simple combination of two slow walks and a "Tango Close". The five steps are counted "Slow, Slow, Quick Quick Slow", resulting in a total of 8 counts. When social Tango was first introduced, many instructors used a simple vocal cue to help their students remember the steps: "T - A - N - G - O", or "Walk, Walk, Tan - Go - Close". The latter cue would help beginners remember when to close the feet, and thus the term Tango Close came to describe the last three steps.

 
Man's Part   Lady's Part

Tango Walks
Tango employs a unique style of walk with the following characteristics:

  • The feet are picked up and placed onto the floor with a quick staccato action.
  • Each walk begins and ends with knees flexed, and there is no rise & fall, sway or body flight.
  • Walks typically curve gradually to the left. On forward walks, the left foot being placed along the track of the right foot "in CBMP", while the right foot walk is taken with the right side of the body slightly in advance of the left. On backward walks, the right foot is placed in CBMP, while the left foot walk is taken with the left side of the body slightly in advance of the right.

Accounting for the Curve
When executed properly, Tango Walks naturally curve to the left. This results in a complex movement that is constantly changing the dancers' orientation in the room. The best solution to simplify your understanding of alignments in Tango is to regard the line of dance not as a rectangle, but as an elliptical shape that is itself continually curving around the room. In this way it is possible to say that a series of basic walks can curve gradually while still maintaining the alignment "facing line of dance".

Tango Walks can be taken with varying degrees of curvature, which allows dancers to accommodate the sizes and shapes of various rooms. Increasing the curve also gives dancers the ability to reorient themselves with respect to the line of dance, in order to execute figures with specific alignments. For example, one can begin facing diagonally toward the wall and take two walks, curving 1/4 to left to end facing diagonally toward the center.

This figure can be commenced with the dancers facing any alignment, as long as the goal is to move in the general direction of line of dance. For example, the couple can begin with the man facing diagonal wall, diagonal center or line of dance and continue along the same path. However, if they begin facing an alignment that works against line of dance (e.g. man facing diagonal wall against line of dance), a strong turn should be used to redirect the movement toward line of dance as quickly as possible.

Beginners are often taught initially to dance with no curve in the movement at all, which simplifies the execution of the action as well as the concept of moving around the line of dance. In this beginning stage of a student's learning, it is easier to take the simpler, rectangular approach to the line of dance until the more characteristic foot and body positions are introduced.

1b. Basic in Right Side Position

The Tango Basic in Right Side Position follows nearly the same formula as the normal Tango Basic, with the following exceptions:

    • The two walks do not curve to the left.
    • There is a slight body turn to the right, in order to prepare for the outside partner position on the second walk.
    • The second walk is taken in outside partner position, man on lady's right side.
    • The first step of the Tango Close is taken straight forward -- not in CBMP -- as the bodies resolve to a normal closed position.

The Checked Walk
The RF walk can be "checked", or stopped for the purpose of changing direction. This can be followed by any movement that begins with the man stepping back on his LF with lady outside, such as a Backward Tango Close, Backward Tango Close to Promenade, or an Outside Swivel.

1. 8-Count Basic
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
2SlowRight foot forward, right side leading.A gradual curve to the left can be made, up to 1/4 to left over steps 1-2. 
 
3QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
4QuickRight foot side. 
5SlowClose left foot to right foot, slightly forward, without weight.No turn, or up to 3/8 turn to left can be made over steps 3-5. 
1b. Basic in Right Side Position
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward and slightly leftward, left side leading, preparing to step outside partner on right side.Slight body turn to right. 
2SlowRight foot forward in CBMP, outside partner. 
 
3QuickLeft foot forward.Slight body turn to left, squaring off to feet. 
4QuickRight foot side. 
5SlowClose left foot to right foot, slightly forward, without weight.No turn, or up to 3/8 turn to left over 3-5. 
1. 8-Count Basic
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1SlowRight foot back in CBMP. 
2SlowLeft foot back, left side leading.A gradual curve to the left can be made, up to 1/4 to left over steps 1-2 (according to man). 
 
3QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
4QuickLeft foot side. 
5SlowClose right foot to left foot, slightly back, without weight.No turn, or up to 3/8 turn to left can be made over steps 3-5 (according to man). 
1b. Basic in Right Side Position
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1SlowRight foot back, right side leading.Slight body turn to right. 
2SlowLeft foot back in CBMP, partner outside. 
 
3QuickRight foot back.Slight body turn to left, squaring off to feet. 
4QuickLeft foot side. 
5SlowClose right foot to left foot, slightly back, without weight.No turn, or up to 3/8 turn to left over 3-5 (according to man). 
Any Tango Close>> 8-Count Basic
8-Count Basic>> 8-Count Basic
6-Count Basic>> 8-Count Basic
16-Count Basic>> 8-Count Basic
RF Progressive Rock>> 8-Count Basic
LF Progressive Rock>>2-5 8-Count Basic
LF Progressive Rock>>2-5 8-Count Basic
Basic Corte>> 8-Count Basic
1-2 Basic Corte>> 8-Count Basic
1-2 Promenade with Left Swivel>> 8-Count Basic
Promenade with Left Swivel>> 8-Count Basic
Promenade With Right Turn>> 8-Count Basic
Closed Promenade>> 8-Count Basic
Open Promenade>> 8-Count Basic
Open Left Turn>> 8-Count Basic
Open Left Turn with Open Finish>> 8-Count Basic
Slow or Quick Outside Swivel>> 8-Count Basic
Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel>> 8-Count Basic
1-4 or 1-8 Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel>> 8-Count Basic
Left-Turning Rock>> 8-Count Basic
Rock to Corte>> 8-Count Basic
1-4 or 1-8 Rock to Corte>> 8-Count Basic
Contra Rock>> 8-Count Basic
Reverse Pivot>> 8-Count Basic
Cross-Body Lead>> 8-Count Basic
Side-by-Side Fan>> 8-Count Basic
1-2 Side-by-Side Fan>> 8-Count Basic
Side-by-Side Link>> 8-Count Basic
Underarm Turn to Left from Side-by-Side>> 8-Count Basic
1-2 Underarm Turn to Left from Side-by-Side>> 8-Count Basic
Underarm Turn to R. from Side-by-Side>> 8-Count Basic
Left-Turning Rock>>Forward Tango Close
RF Progressive Rock>>LF Walk
LF Progressive Rock>>RF Walk
Basic in Right Side Position>> Basic in Right Side Position
1-2 8-Count Basic>>Any Forward Tango Close
1-2 8-Count Basic>>Natural Tango Close, Closed or PPStep 2 of 8-Count Baic checked
8-Count Basic>> 8-Count Basic
8-Count Basic>> 6-Count Basic
8-Count Basic>> 16-Count Basic
8-Count Basic>>LF Progressive Rock
8-Count Basic>> Basic Corte
1-2 8-Count Basic>> Basic Corte
8-Count Basic>>Open Left Turn (any ending)
1-2 8-Count Basic>>Open Left Turn (any ending)
1-2 8-Count Basic>> Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel
8-Count Basic>> Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel
8-Count Basic>> Left-Turning Rock
1-2 8-Count Basic>> Left-Turning Rock
1-2 8-Count Basic>> Rock to Corte
8-Count Basic>> Rock to Corte
8-Count Basic>> Rock to Promenade
8-Count Basic>>3-5 Rock to Promenade
8-Count Basic>> Contra Rock
1-2 8-Count Basic>> Contra Rock
LF Walk>>RF Progressive Rock
RF Walk>>LF Progressive Rock
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>>Any Forward Tango Close
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>>Natural Tango Close, to closed or PPStep 2 of Basic checked
Basic in Right Side Position>> Basic in Right Side Position
Basic in Right Side Position>> 6-Count Basic
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>> 6-Count Basic
Basic in Right Side Position>> 16-Count Basic
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>> 16-Count Basic
Basic in Right Side Position>>LF Progressive Rock
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>>LF Progressive Rock
1 Basic in Right Side Position>>RF Progressive RockRF Progressive Rock taken O.P. on right side
Basic in Right Side Position>> Basic Corte
Basic in Right Side Position>> Open Left Turn
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>>Open Left Turn (any ending)
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>>Slow or Quick Outside SwivelStep 2 of Basic checked
Basic in Right Side Position>> Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>> Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel
Basic in Right Side Position>> Left-Turning Rock
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>> Left-Turning Rock
Basic in Right Side Position>> Rock to Corte
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>> Rock to Corte
Basic in Right Side Position>> Rock to Promenade
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>> Rock to Promenade
Basic in Right Side Position>>3-5 Rock to Promenade
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>>3-5 Rock to Promenade
Basic in Right Side Position>> Contra Rock
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>> Contra Rock
Basic in Right Side Position>> Release to Side-by-Side
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>> Release to Side-by-Side


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