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Cruzada

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From cruzar - to cross; the cross: A cruzada occurs any time a foot is crossed in front of or in back of the other The lady’s position at 5 of the 8-count basic May also be called Trabada

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Cuadrado

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A square; A box step: Used mostly in Milonga Canyengue and Milonguero- and Club-style tango See Baldosa

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Cuartas

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Poses: Dance lines struck and held as dramatic flourishes at the end of a song Large dramatic ones are used for stage or fantasia dancing smaller softer versions occasionally in Salon style and not used in Milonguero style at all See Corte

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Cuatro

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A figure created when the lady flicks her lower leg up the outside of the opposite leg keeping her knees together and briefly creating a numeral 4 in profile This can be led with a sacada or with an arrested rotational lead like a boleo or it can be used ...

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Cucharita

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The spoon A lifting of the lady’s foot with a gentle scooping motion by the man’s foot to the lady’s shoe usually led during forward ochos to create a flicking motion of the lady’s leg

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Cuerpo

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Body; torso

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Cunita

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Cradle: A forward and backward rocking step done in time with the music and with or without chiches which is useful for marking time or changing direction in a small space This movement may be turned to the left or right danced with either the left or ri ...

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Dedo

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Toe or finger

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Derecha

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Right (the opposite of left)

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Derecho

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Erect straight forward See Postura

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Desplazamiento

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Displacement: Displacing the partner’s leg or foot using one’s own leg or foot See Sacada

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Dibujo

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Drawing; sketch: A dibujo is done by drawing circles or other small movements on the floor with one’s toe See Firulete Lapiz and Rulo

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Eje

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(pronounced ay-hay) Axis or balance See Postura

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Elevadas

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Dancing without keeping the feet on the floor This was the style before the turn of century when tangowas danced on dirt surfaces in the patios of tenements low-class taverns and on the cobble stone streets Once tango went uptown enough to actually be d ...

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Embutido

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Filler or inlay: a foot swinging behind other foot after an enrosque

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Enganche

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Hooking; coupling; the little hook: Occurs when a partner wraps a leg around the other’s leg or uses a foot to catch and hold the other’s foot or ankle

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Enrosque

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From enroscar - to coil or twist: While the lady dances a molinete the man pivots on his supporting foot hooking or coiling the working leg behind or around in front of the supporting leg

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Entrada

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Entrance: Occurs when a dancer steps forward or otherwise enters the space between their partners legs without displacement

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Entregarme

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Surrender: To give oneself up to the leader’s lead

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Espejo

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Mirror: To mirror the movement of ones partner as in "ochos en espejo" a figure where the man and woman both do forward ochos at the same time

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