A striking difference between Argentine tango
and ballroom tango is in the shape and feel of
the embrace. Ballroom technique dictates that
partners arch their upper bodies away from
each other, while maintaining contact at the
hip, in an offset frame.

In Argentine tango, it is nearly the opposite:
the dancers' chests are closer to each other
than are their hips, and often there is contact
at about the level of the chest (the contact
point differing, depending on the height of the
leader and the closeness of the embrace). In
close embrace, the leader and the follower's
chests are in contact and they are dancing
with their heads touching or very near each
other. In open embrace, there can be as much
space as desired between the partners, but
there should always be complete contact
along the embracing arms to give optimum
communication. Since Argentine tango is
almost entirely improvisational, there needs to
be clear communication between partners.

Even when dancing in a very open embrace,
Argentine tango dancers do not hold their
upper bodies arched away from each other;
each partner is over their own axis. Whether
open or closed, a tango embrace is not rigid,
but relaxed, like a hug.
Here are 2 Oktango videos and 2 sets of
videos (in 2 playlists) from Sebastian Arce y
Mariana Montes (first one) and Fabian
Salas y Lola Diaz (the second one)
Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes
playlist of 6 dances. Let it run on iPhone and
it will play all the videos in sequence
Fabian Salas and Lola Diaz playlist of 4
dances. Let it run on iPhone and it will play
all the videos in sequence
Chicho Frumboli and Juana Sepulveda 5
dances. Let it run on iPhone and it will play
all the videos in sequence
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