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Rulo

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A curl: Used frequently at the end of molinete when the man executing a lapiz or firulete ahead of the lady curls his foot in around the lady and extends it quickly to touch the her foot An older term for lapiz

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Sacada

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The most common term for a displacement of a leg or foot by the partner’s leg or foot Occurs when a dancer places their foot or leg against a leg of their partner and transfers weight to their leg so that it moves into the space of and displaces the part ...

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Salida

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From salir - to exit; to go out: The first steps of dancing a tango or a tango pattern derived from “¿Salimos a bailar?”

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Salida de Gato

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A variation on the basico in which the man steps side left forward right outside the lady diagonal forward left and crossing behind right with a lead for forward ochos for the lady The lady is led to step side right back left diagonal back right and cros ...

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Saltito

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A little jump

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Sandwiche

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See Mordida

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Sanguchito

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See Mordida

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Seguidillas

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Tiny quick steps usually seen in orillero style May also be called corridas

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Seguir

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To follow

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Sentada

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From sentar - to sit A sitting action: A family of figures in which the lady creates the illusion of sitting in or actually mounts the man’s leg Frequently used as a dramatic flourish at the end of a dance

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Stork

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See Calesita Not used often or much recommended but refers to a position of the lady where the working leg is held with the lower leg lifted and horizontal in a figure four or cuatro position

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Suave

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Smooth steady and gentle soft stylish A major objective in tango

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Sube y Baja

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Literally to go up and down: A milonga step in which the couple dance forward-together and back-together in outside right position with a pendulum action of the hips See Ven y Va

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Syncopation

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Syncopate; syncopated; syncopa: A musical term adopted by dancers and used in a way which is technically incorrect musically and leads to endless arguments between dancers and musicians Musically it refers to an unexpected or unusual accenting of the bea ...

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Tanda

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A set of dance music usually three to five songs of the same dance in similar style if not by the same orquesta The tandas are separated by a brief interlude of non-tango music called a "cortina" (or curtain) during which couples select each other It is ...

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Tango

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Popular music from the Rio de la Plata region dating back to 1885-95 defined by a 2/4 rhythm until the 1920s when a 4/8 rhythm became common A popular dance originating in the mid-19th century which descended from Candombe Habanera Milonga and according ...

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Tango de Salon

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An elegant and very social style of tango characterized by slow measured and smoothly executed moves It includes all of the basic tango steps and figures plus sacadas giros and boleos The emphasis is on precision smoothness and elegant dance lines The ...

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Tango Fantasia

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This is a hybrid tango an amalgam of traditional tango steps ballet ballroom gymnastics ice-skating figures etc This is what most people see when they buy tickets for a tango show The moves include all of the basic tango moves plus ganchos sacadas boleo ...

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Tango Liso

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Literally tango smooth: A way of dancing tango characterized by its lack of fancy figures or patterns Only the most "basic" tango steps and figures such as caminadas ochos molinetes etc are utilized Boleos ganchos sacadas sentadas and other fancy moves ...

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Tanguero

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(feminine; Tanguera) Refers to anyone who is deeply and seriously passionate about any part of tango such as its history music lyrics etc In Argentina most tangueros are scholars of lunfardo music orchestrations Gardel etc One can be a tanguero without ...

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