In my last blog I talked about the cross and said I consider it no more than a transition step. I have also stated I like to see unique and different steps when watching people dance Tango. So in this blog I’m going to talk about a few steps which I haven’t seen anybody else do and feel I might have invented. Although with over 100 years of Tango dancing, I’m sure others must have done them too. The first move is a new use for the cross, where I use a cross as a transition into a volcada in cross position and from there into a calesita. I’m going to call this a CVC.
To do a CVC the follower must be led into a Cross (left leg in front of right). This will result in the follower having their weight on their right foot. To continue the move the weight must be transferred to the left foot. This is done by the lead twisting their chest anti clockwise, as they would normally do. This will normally result in the follower’s right leg becoming free of the cross so a move like an ocho will follow. However, for the CVC the follower must remain in the cross position, so to lead this, the movement of the lead’s chest must be only enough to transfer the follower’s weight without bringing the leg around. From here the lead must step back causing the follower to lean into a volacada while still in the cross position. From here the leader can lead a calesita by walking around the follower and pivoting her while in the cross position.
The second move that I will explain is a double ocho. I’ve seen ochos where the follower will do a forward ocho while the lead performs a back ocho and visa- versa. However, I’ve never seen anyone perform a double ocho where both the leader and follower are dancing forward ochos. So, to do this step: The follower must be lead into a forward ocho by the leader taking a side step to the left, then closing with their right front while twisting the chest clockwise. This is the standard for a front ocho. This is where it changes, the leader, instead of taking another left side step, takes his left foot in front of his right while twisting his chest anti clockwise causing the follower to pivot into a front ocho. The leader must then pivot on his left foot bring his right in front of left while the follower steps in front of the leader. The leader will then pivot on his right foot and the follower on their right foot. This can be repeated unit the lead takes the follower out of the ocho. A nice way to finish this is a double gancho.
The final move I’m going to explain is a volcada drape, where volcada is followed with a man’s spin into lean onto the back. This is a move I’ve modified after seeing Cedric Tellier do something similar in his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yMMSpGQQ0o. So to perform this move the follower must be led into a volcada where her left leg sweeps in front of her right, then a second sweep can be started by the lead twisting his chest anticlockwise as if to cause the follower’s left leg to sweep in front of her right leg. However, as the lead twists his chest he turns his whole body half a turn releasing his right hand from the follower’s back and causing the follower’s right hand to drape over the leader’s right shoulder. From this position the leader can bend his right knee and lean forward causing the follower to lean on his back.
I hope you enjoy trying these moves and coming up with your own variations.