Ghost Guide To Tango: Blocks

Introduction

Principle:
Parada - to stop.

Definition:
Parada: From parar (to stop); a stop: The man stops the lady, usually as she steps crossing back in back ochos or molinete, with pressure inward at the lady's back and at her balance hand and with a slight downward thrust, preventing further movement. When properly led the lady stops with her feet extended apart, front and back, and her weight centered. The man may extend his foot to touch her forward foot as an additional cue and element of style or he may pivot and step back to mirror her position.

The lead is from the chest rather than the foot.

Note: blocks are a good way to pause due to "traffic" and allow the follow to adorn. Also a good way to change direction.

Practice sequence

From a sidestep left:
Lead's right foot blocks inside follow's left foot at very beginning causing them both to end up in a left planeo position.

Giro:
Lead a giro and practice blocking her at each step.

Sandwich:
Lead's heels are together in a "V" position. Sandwich is font half of her foot. Gives the follow more room on the pasada exit. Likewise the lead stepping back perpendicular to the sandwich rather than just straight back gives the follow more space for her pasada.

Technique

Press down to block. Also slightly squeeze her into place with pressure inward at the lady?s back and at her balance hand

Can add a small lifting motion with the lead's left hand to get her to step over - pasada

Can add a small up and down motion to lead shines. It's easier to either do it yourself first or just let her do it of her own accord though.

Lead's foot touches the follows behind as he leads her to reverse the direction with a forwards ocho. Follow pasadas (steps over) lead now need to either retract his paradaing foot or rotate it slightly to allow her to pass. The exceptions are if he wants her to barrida his foot or to block her to reverse direction for a gancho.

 - Christopher O'Shea