Argentine Tango: Figure Eight Step

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Argentine Tango: Figure Eight Step with Partner....5

Interested in learning the tango? Learn the figure eight dance step in the Argentine tango with this free dance lesson from an award-winning tango dancer.

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In this clip we will show you one of the most known figures in the Argentinian tango it's called, "el ocho", the figure eight. It's very important to understand that we have to draw on the floor this figure eight, with an eight that you, if I show you with my hand, if I draw it, it's an eight this way. Okay, so when I do it with my feet, I have to start, first pivot, design and draw this curve for the eight, half of the eight, and the other half of the eight, design the curve. I know, most of us know this ochos, and they do like this, and no; please keep on the floor, it's what we call tango debujado. Tango debujado means that we draw on the floor with our feet. If we lift our feet we can't draw. So first on the floor, then on set you can lift your legs. So, pivot, curve, step; pivot, curve, draw, step. And when you step, you step with your whole body go in there, with your whole body go in there; pivot, design it, and pivot, design it. And very important, now the whole body, we have a disassociation, the movement comes from your hips, but your body stays in front of your partner.

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