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Argentine Tango

A very passionate dance, and quite different to the Ballroom version, Argentine Tango can be danced wide apart or cheek to cheek. With a large variety of moves and encouraging individual interpretation, one can easily spend hours dancing Argentine Tango!

Argentine Tango :: Gotan Project

Argentine Tango is defined by quick, sharp movements to the beat. The basic dance involves simply "walking to the music", with legs bent on the ball of the feeet.

Tango music is typically 4/4 tempo with strong beats every second beat.

Beginner Routine

Walk To The Cross:

Man's Steps:


(1) Left foot diagonally forward (enabling next steps to be danced to the left of the lady);
(2) Right foot forward;
(3) Left foot forward;
(4) Right foot closes (at this stage the lady has crossed her feet);
(5) Left foot forward;
(6) Right foot brushes past Left, as do a 1/4 turn anti-clockwise on ball of Left foot, finishing with Right foot to the side (about shoulder width apart);
(7) Left foot closes to Right;
(8) Right foot back, shifting weight to Right foot (hold pose); (ready to repeat)

Lady's Steps:


(1) Right foot back (enabling next steps to be danced to the left of the man);
(2) Left foot back;
(3) Right foot back;
(4) Left foot closes across and in front of Right (the "Cross"), shifting weight to Left foot;
(5) Right foot back;
(6) Left foot brushes past Right, as do a 1/4 turn anti-clockwise on ball of Right foot, finishing with Left foot to the side (about shoulder width apart);
(7) Right foot closes to Left;
(8) Left foot forward, shifting weight to Left foot (hold pose); (ready to repeat)

Some Intermediate Steps

  • Walking
  • Dance on Outside Left
  • Dance on Outside Right
  • Forward resolution from the Cross
  • Zig Zag
  • Backward Ocho
  • Forward Ocho
  • Tight left turn

Sample Argentine Tango Music