The Tango's frame, called an abrazo or "embrace," is not rigid, but flexibly adjusts to different steps, and may vary being quite close, to offset in a "V" frame, to open. The flexibility is as important as is all movement in dance.
In tango, the steps are typically more gliding but can vary widely in timing, speed, and character, and follow no single specific rhythm. Because the dance is led and followed at the level of individual steps, these variations can occur from one step to the next. This allows the dancers to vary the dance from moment to moment to match the music (which often has both legato and/or staccato elements) and their mood.
3 Argentine Tangos
Tango de Salon
Tango de Salon
• Highly improvised, with the only limitation being the experience and repertoire of the lead and follower.
• The line of dance is strictly respected, particularly at the outer-most lane called the ronda.
• Full variation in embellishments, from the subtle to the extravagant: constrained by the density of the crowd.
• The embrace may be open or close, though often closed, particularly in a crowded dance floor. When it is open, a different repertoire is available, which is especially true for the follower, but the connection between dancers becomes limited. The embrace will also be relaxed at times during the dance to allow manoeuvrability to the follower.
• Chest connection can be varied, but often in a V-shape.
• Full variation in arm placement: the follower may place her hand behind the man's neck, on his shoulder or even down his arm. The lead may place his hand anywhere on the follower's back, from the waist through high up the follower's back.
• Full variation in the position of the enclosed hands: from low down right through to up high.
• Faces may align in any direction, but often right cheeks will touch.
• Full variations in posture: from apilado to upright. Usually however, both lead and follower will be upright with a slight lean forward.
• Axes may be separated or shared; often they are separate.
• Danced to a 4/4 beat.
• It is tango danced to Waltz music (more precisely, Viennese Waltz played with tango instrumentation).
• Either in open or close embrace.
• Danced in a smooth, continuous and flowing movement - no stoccato.
• Played and danced in 3/4 beat rather than the standard 4/4, with the accent on the first beat.
Lots of circularity and rotation: incorporates the calesita (a carousel, where the leader takes the follower on axis and steps through a circle or arc around her) and molinete (windmill, in which followers dance small circles around.
• A very fast-paced dance.
• Can be either open or close embrace.
• Incorporates many of the normal tango steps, but due to its fast pace, the vast repertoire available to modern tango cannot be reproduced in full in the milonga (for example many of the embellishments, which require a pause).
• It is played and danced in 2/4 beat rather than the standard 4/4.
• Generally every beat (or sub-beat) is stepped on.
There is a feeling of community and inclusion in the Hudson Valley Tango population. There is always room for new members to come onto the Tango dance floor. Tango dances are taking place all over the Hudson Valley, the world, and the Tri-State area.