Notes on private class, 29 November 2009

30th November 2009

We covered the following topics:

Revision / extension of last week's areas

We reviewed and expanded on the topics covered in last week's session.


Dissociation can be used during the walk also, allows powering of the walk, using the "untwist" motion to drag the foot backwards.

Get dissociation ingrained in every step; both because it looks good, and because it makes most nuevo moves (e.g. ganchos) easier to do.

You can control the tempo of your pivot; for example, to slow it down for musical interpretation. "Drag to collect" actions can help do this - also, a slow collection avoids overbalancing which can be done if you rush to collect your feet.

Keep the feet together during pivots; collect, collect, collect. Brush through the thighs.


You can start a giro pattern at any point - doesn't have to be a forward step, it can be a side step or a back step as the starting point.

But once you start it, you carry on with the pattern; the leader should explicitly lead at least the first one or two steps of the giro pattern.

Free leg movement

We worked some more on boleos, and swinging the legs freely.

Again, it's practice, and it depends on technique to get it right. Boleos are quite advanced movements, so they'll take a while to get the hang of, but working on free leg movements is a worthwhile exercise in its own right.

Most other "leg wrap" movement are very simple once you have your free leg moving freely - a lots of them "just work" given correct technique.

Milonga and Vals

We very briefly covered some of the basics of Milonga and Vals dancing.


Milonga dancing is done to a faster tempo than Tango, but uses a lot of the same technique.

Simple Milonga: you step on every beat of the music. We also briefly went over double-timing ("Traspies") which leaders may throw in depending on the music.

The trick to milonga is to take small steps!


Vals is Argentine Waltz - it's done to a 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3 beat. Typically, leaders dance on the "1" but they can occasionally throw in a double-time step.

- David Bailey, 30th November 2009

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- David Bailey, 30th November 2009