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Ocho Defrente

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Ocho to the front: Forward ochos for the lady (i e crossing in front)

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Ocho para Atrás

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Ocho to the back: Back ochos for the lady (i e crossing behind)

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Ochos Cortados

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Cut eights: A common figure in Milonguero- or Club-Style Tango which is designed to allow interpretation of rhythmic music while dancing in a confined space See Milonguero Cross

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Ochos en Espejo

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Ochos in the mirror: The man and the lady execute forward or back ochos simultaneously mirroring each others movement

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Orillero

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Outskirts; suburbs

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Orillero Style

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The style of dance which is danced in the suburbs characterized by the man doing many quick syncopated foot moves and even jumps See Seguidillas Also see Stephen Brown's Styles of Argentine Tango

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Orquesta

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Orchestra: A large tango band like those of the "Golden Age" of tango frequently referred to as "Orquesta Tipica "

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Otra vez

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Another time; repeat; do again

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Paicas

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A lunfardo word for girl See Mina or Pebeta

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Palanca

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Lever; leverage: Describes the subtle assisting of the lady by the leader during jumps or lifts in tango fantasia (stage tango)

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Parada

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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 ...

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Parallel Feet

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The natural condition when a couple dance in an embrace facing each other the man stepping on his left the lady on her right foot and then the man stepping on his right the lady on her left foot regardless of direction The opposite of crossed feet

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Parejas

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Couple: The two partners in a tango

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Pasada

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Passing over Occurs when the man has stopped the lady with foot contact and leads her to step forward over his extended foot Used frequently at the end of molinete or after a mordida The lady may at her discretion step over the man’s foot or trace her ...

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Paso

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A step

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Patada

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A kick

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Pausa

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Pause; wait: Hold a position or pose for two or more beats of music See Titubeo

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Pebeta

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A lunfardo word for young woman or girl See Mina or Paicas

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Pecho

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Chest

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Picados

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A flicking upward of the heel when turning or stepping forward Usually done as an advanced embellishment to ochos or when walking forward See Golpes

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