Video Reconstruction

Many tango dancers like to learn new movements from watching archival videos like these, as well as contemporary videos. This week, you are invited to learn a movement from a video.

You are welcome to learn a movement from a video in your own intuitive manner. Here are some tips that may help: 

  1. Select a passage with simple movements that is 5-8 seconds long. 

  2. Watch the passage a few times. 

  3. Write down what the follower does. E.g., Retreating step with left, weight change, etc. 

  4. Walk through the follower's part without music. 

  5. Write down what the leader does. E.g., Advancing step with right, weight change, etc. 

  6. Walk through the leader's part without music. 

  7. Walk through the leader's part while using your Sticks to represent the follower's part

  8. Now, watch the video and tap your thigh each time you see the follower taking a step or changing weight. 

  9. Walk through the follower's part WITH the music

  10. Watch the video and tap your thigh each time you see the leader taking a step or changing weight. 

  11. Walk through the leader's part WITH the music

  12. Walk through the leader's part, WITH the music, using your Sticks as the follower. 

  13. Walk through the follower's part, WITH the music, using your Sticks as the leader. 

  14. Lead a friend.

  15. Teach a friend the movement. 

You may enjoy working with :00-:08 from the Gloria y Eduardo Arquimbau video. For this performance, they are dancing to "El Flete" by Orquesta Juan D'Arienzo. This passage (the first 8 seconds of the video) is approximately :15-:23 of the recording you can hear here.