EARLY BUENOS AIRES TANGO
"The true Argentine Tango, the one and only"
as described by Nicanor Lima, Buenos Aires, circa 1914.
Just a few of 50 figures and 125 variations described in this illustrated tango manual.
Reconstructed by Richard Powers
Men's steps are described below. Women dance opposite unless otherwise noted.
PASOS PASEOS SERENOS Man walks fwd L and R. Timing: S S.
SALTITO #3 Man chassés diagonal L; closes R to L cutting R toe under heel; steps fwd L. Timing: QQ S
MEDIA LUNA "VAI VEN" Man touches R fwd w/o weight, sweeping in a crescent arc around to the right side; takes
a small step back R; touches R back; takes a small step fwd L. Timing: S S S S.
MEDIA LUNA "MENDOCINA" Grapevine toward the center of the hall thus: Man crosses R over L; steps side L;
crosses R behind L; steps side L; approaches R to L (not quite closing). Timing: S S S QQ.
Returning: Man crosses L behind R; side R; crosses L over R; side R; approaches L to R. Same timing.
PASOS PASEOS SERENOS Man steps back R; walks fwd L, R, L. Timing: S S S S
EL OCHO Both cross-step toward the center of the hall then back thus: Man crosses R over L; steps side L;
approaches R to L. Timing: S QQ. Repeat opposite.
MOLINETE (Rueda) Man crosses R tightly over L, rises on balls of both feet and slowly turns in place CCW for
4 slow counts while the lady does a grapevine around him: She crosses L over R; side R; crosses L behind R; side R.
SALIDA Man crosses R over L toward LOD as lady crosses L over R; face partners in closed position, man facing LOD,
as man steps fwd L toward LOD; steps side R; closes L to R; steps back R. Timing: S S QQ S
© 2000, 2010 Richard Powers
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