Skills for Improvisation and Navigation


Structural Elements of Tango

Walks (Caminatas)
 parallel foot, in line
 parallel foot, outside right
 parallel foot, outside left
 cross foot, in line
 cross foot, outside right
 cross foot, outside left
 arrastres or barridas (drags or sweeps)
Turns (Giros)
 forward ocho
 backward ocho
 giro
 giro with sacadas
 boleo/amague
 molinete (with lapiz)
 enrosque
 forward enrosque
 arrastres or barridas (drags or sweeps)
 planeo
 change of axis steps
 change of direction steps
Sandwiches (Mordidas)
Embellishments (Adornos, Firuletes)
Structural Connections
 basic step as a hallway
 basic step as a turn
 parallel and cross foot walking
 interchangability between back ochos and cross-foot walking
 lapiz-enrosque

Imagination
Openness to Exploration
Recognition of Options
Knowledge of Tango Music


Navigational Devices
 pauses
 taking steps back
 use of compressed basic
 use of walking steps
 use of moving back ochos
 use of connection between back ochos and cross foot walking

Knowledge of Structural Elements of Tango
Knowledge of Figures and Patterns
Use of Embellishments
Elements of Composition

 repetition
 variation
 pause
 dynamics
 surprise
 combinations that fit well together
 phrasing