how should the man step in tango?

classic Classic list List threaded Threaded
4 messages Options
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

how should the man step in tango?

john ross
I'm very confused about how the man should step in tango. Teachers have tried to teach me, but I don't exactly understand what they are trying to say. "Toe first? Heel first"? etc etc.
Would be very interested to start a discussion on this and get explanations.
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: how should the man step in tango?

marco
Huge debate over this.
In my opinion, the thing to do is what feels most natural.
To me that is heels first for forward steps, and the balls of the foot first for side step.
But you might do it differently; lots of guys always go on ball first.
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: how should the man step in tango?

Elle
In reply to this post by john ross
John,

This is a hard to explain.  I am very visually dancer.  La Caminata is essential in tango if not the first fundamental.  My first dance class in Buenos Aires, we spent the entire hour, mind you, walking.  Well, every one knows how to walk, right?  No.  it is different in dance, it is even more difficult in tango.  There is an "old school" from the Masters in tango- Practi milonguero on youtube, I believe.  

Honestly, it is hard to find an "Excellent" real instructor of tango who knows how to teach in the states.  Everyone claims to be a master yet they are missing the basics- posture (crucial), balance, collecting the feet, tango is almost like a panther being on the prowl trying not to make a noise, la caminata- essential.

Keep dancing.  I still have not mastered the Caminata but I love the dance so much that I will continue on my journey.
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: how should the man step in tango?

TangoLover
In reply to this post by john ross
Toe first, then hill.

Do a search on youtube for Osvaldo Zotto, one of the best walkers in tango.  The reason is that makes a much smoother step, and softer landing.  "Walk like a cat, step like an elephant"