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Level 1 (foundation)

open embrace
dance in three directions
dissociation
rebound
change direction

Level 2 (elements)

pivoting
circular energy
ochos
the cross
close embrace

Level 3 (connectivity & dynamics)

paradas
pasadas
planeos & calecitas
sacadas
barridas
ochos
ocho cortado
sandwich
ganchos
decorations
giros
pivots on both feet

Level 4 (advanced)

planeos & calecitas
boleos
ganchos
piernazos
giros
enrosques
milonga
vals
baridas
sacadas
decorations
volcadas
colgadas
The embrace
The leading and following

Basic positioning
Basic face to face
Basic face to side
Linear energy
Circular energy

What you do you can undo
What you do on left you do on right
What the man does the woman can do too
Stop at any time


Move only when you're balanced
Dance as slow as possible when you learn
Practice very slow dancing individually
Use small steps to learn
Keep the embrace complete and stable
Ladies never change weight on the spot
Do not take the lead from the man's feet
Do not look down as you dance
Men develop subtle leading
Women develop sensitive following
Restart when control is lost
We dance with the whole body
The leading is body complete
Reacting to misinterpreted lead
Reacting to no lead
Reacting to anticipation
Assessment of skill level
Adaptation to the skill level of the partner
Beginners dance slow
Slow dancing allows for concentration
Instinctive dancing comes with practice
Instinctive tango - involuntary patterns
Beware of involuntary patterns
Break involuntary patterns
Voluntary breaks of involuntary patterns
Creativity and playfullness
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