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Understanding Social Tango #4 - Vals

Updated: May 2, 2019

(Courtesy of Tango Voice)


Juan D’Arienzo “Valsecito criollo”

a. Alberto Dassieu (1936 – 2013) & Elba Biscay

Alberto and Elba dance with their feet close to the ground, taking small steps. The dance is structured around small radius turns. Alberto waits for Elba to complete her movements. He repeatedly plays with the rhythm, stepping on counts 1, 1 & 2, and 1 & 2 & 3 of the vals rhythm. Neither Alberto nor Elba use adornments during the dance. They maintain their embrace throughout the dance.

b. Fernando Sanchez & Ariadna Naveira

This dance begins with Fernando and Ariadna dancing facing each other at arm’s length and the entire dance sequences through numerous variations in partner hold, including an embrace, dancing side by side, release to a one hand hold with an under arm turn, as well as a complete separation of partners. These changes in partner position occur rapidly. Close partner connection is not emphasized in this dance. Back sacadas are used by both Fernando and Ariadna as part of the changes in partner orientation. To add to the exhibitionist nature of this dance, Ariadna lifts her legs high off the floor and directs these movements outwards on several occasions, which would be a collision hazard on the milonga dance floor.

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