Tango moves

Dance moves I need to look up:

  • Barrida – foot sweep by the leader
  • volcada – leader causes the partner to drop by leaning back & lowering followers axis of balance until the follower balances solely against them, often sweeps with leg too
  • parada
  • ochos
  • Traspié  – a sort of fake step, immediately when stepping you return your weight and position back to where you were before
  • Colgada   – neuvo tango style move, from what I learned ~180 turn with leader pushing forward to exit pattern (this is a flawed description, watch a video)
  • corrida – fast steps, related to caminata?
  • caminata – switching sides while walking
  • Enrosque – movement of the feet wrapping around each other – related or part of giro/circular grapevine
  • gancho – hook of the foot between the partners legs
  • Planeo   – dragging your free foot in a wide circle when being lead (versus just a decorative move not lead)
  • Sacada – one partner steps into the other’s space, causing the other partner to step over move leg around (often while the two people’s legs touch to flirt)
  • Salida  – open step and several others ending with a cross step, signalling a new song


  • boleo – whip motion of a follower turn being enhanced
  • rulo – circle or lapiz
  • Caricia – follower foot over back of leader – part of parada often

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