A rhythmic tapping or stomping of the foot in time with the music for dramatic and emotional effect Boisterous behavior See Golpecitos
An adornment; a decoration; an embellishment: Complicated or syncopated movements which the dancer uses to demonstrate their skill and to interpret the music See Adorno and Lapiz
To stop and hold; brake
Hook: Occurs when a dancer hooks a leg sharply around and in contact with their partners leg by flexing the knee and releasing May be performed to the inside or outside of either leg and by either partner
A rather rude lunfardo term to be used only among friends; noun 1 penis pija masculino; 2 worthless or of bad quality trucho comprar; 3 bad luck: ¡Qué garcha! This sucks! cagada malo garchar; verb 'to screw' coger sexo In tango it may refer to a blind ...
Turn: A turning step or figure
Little toe taps: Rhythmic tapping done with a flat foot on the ball or underside of the toe as an adorno See Fanfarron and Zapatazo
Toe taps: With a tilted foot tap the floor with the toe and allow the lower leg to rebound keeping the knees together See Picados and Punteo
A lunfardo term for woman See Mina
Handsome: A respectable and desirable man A compadre
A side together side together stepping action entered with a side chassé commonly used by the man as he leads backward ochos for the lady in crossed feet An Afro-Cuban dance from the mid-19th century which contributed to tango
Another term for Cunita
Tilt tilting See Carpa Puente
Left (the opposite of right)
(from juntar - to join or bring together as in one’s feet or knees) close: In Tango it is essential that the ankles and knees should come together or pass closely by each other between each step to create an elegant appearance preserve balance and to comm ...
Pencil: Tracing of circular motions on the floor with the toe or inside edge of the working foot while turning or waiting on the supporting foot These may vary from small adornments done while marking time to large sweeping arcs which precede the lady as ...
Whipping Describes a whipping action of the leg as in a boleo
The whip; also used to describe the whipping action of the leg in boleos to front or back when led with energy and speed See Latigazo and Boleo
Smooth as in Tango Liso an early term for Tango de Salon