Apr 11, 2012
Argentine Tango: How to Practice the backward Ocho (Figure Eight) at Home
Christopher Morales teaching:
Two Left Feet is based on teaching the fundamentals of the language of tango. As with any language you don’t need to know all the words in the dictionary to have a conversation.
What can make learning Argentine tango so difficult is that people are often trying to learn too much at one time. The biggest problem that beginners have is being so concerned about where their feet are supposed to be. Then when trying to lead or follow nothing seems to work and they get frustrated. Breaking down a pattern to its primary movements and practicing them at home builds the muscle memory until the movement is automatic, freeing the dancer to concentrate on leading or following, posture, and form. The ocho is one of the most key movements in tango, a building block that can be used to stack other tango movements onto.
Tango dance instructions: Argentine tango backwards Ocho
We are going to begin the backwards Ocho (figure eight) by angling at a 45 degree angle. We will first step with our outside foot or our left foot. We will then change our weight to the back foot. Next we will bring our right foot to our back foot and collect our feet together. We will then rotate the lower half of our body (disassociation) by 180-degrees and then step back with our right foot. Then change our weight and collect our left foot with our right. We will rotate our lower half of our body (disassociation). After this last step, we will have completed the backward ocho (figure eight).
Practice Argentine tango Ocho at Home
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