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Argentine Tango: Basic Step For The Follower

Argentine Tango: Basic Step For The Follower

The Argentine Tango - possibly the most passionate and dramatic of all dances - developed in the bars, clubs and brothels of Buenos Aires around the late 1880's. Now enjoyed worldwide it continues to thrive today, attracting more and more people to learn this mesmerising dance. VideoJug shows you how to do the basics steps of the Argentine tango.

Step 1: You will need

  • a loose skirt or dress
  • and a pair of high-heels

Step 2: Prepare to Dance

One of the most important characteristics of the Argentine Tango is that it is one hundred percent masculine - fuelled entirely by the intention and aggression of the male in the partnership. He has to lead the female every step of the way and she shouldn't move unless being encouraged to by the man.

So for any of you powerful women out there who don't like taking the passive role your main challenge while learning will probably be having to let yourself be led!

The basic step for the woman - consists of 8 separate movements which we're going to break down into two parts and then join together.

Step 3: Begin the Basic

Have your feet together, with your weight on your toes, tummy pulled in and chest open. From here, step forward onto your left foot, then draw your right into the left and step side onto the right.

Then draw the left foot into the right and step back onto the left, then back onto the right and finally cross the left foot in front of the right.

Pay particular attention to connecting the steps, always passing each foot close to the other in a transitional movement and not just clumsily 'stepping' from one position to another.

Now try the steps a little faster:

Forward left, side right, back left, back right, cross left.

Step 4: End the Basic

Prepare yourself with your left foot crossed in front of your right.

Step back onto the right foot, draw the left foot into the right and step side onto the left, and finally close the right foot in.

Now try the steps a little faster:

Back right, side left, and close right.

Step 5: The whole step

Now try the whole sequence from start to finish.

Step forward onto your left foot, draw your right foot into the left and step side onto the right, then step back onto the left, back onto the right and cross the left foot in front.

Now step back onto the right, draw the left foot into the right and step side onto the left and finally close the right foot in.

Then try this a bit faster:

Forward left, side right, back left, back right and cross left, back right, side left and close right. Keeping practising the sequence until you feel comfortable and confident with the steps.