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Giro Technique Monday, 11 September 2017 print

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Another workshop series has come and gone.

For the last two Saturdays, Tango Movement students have been working on their giros (tango turns). Exploring the technique, working on their fluidity and getting that bit closer to precision!

When you watch a video of a performance filmed in a milonga in Buenos Aires, it is most often the moment in which a giro is executed that the audience erupts into applause.

Something that may surprise a British audience. In Strictly Come Dancing, the audience seems to clap for every single lift, spin and flick. You can almost visualise the man behind the camera holding up an autocue card for them: “APPLAUD”.

This is something of a role-reversal considering Argentine audiences are generally considered to be more expressive than British audiences, never shy to call out “Bravisimo!” or to jump to their feet in a standing ovation.

So why so much enthusiasm for giros? The giro typically is where the leader’s technique can shine. Often said to be the frame to the beautiful painting that is the follower in tango, this is the gentleman’s moment to step out into the spotlight, where he can really show what he is made of.

Enrosques, planeos, lápices, entradas, even ganchos - the variations for tango turns are endless. Whereas the follower usually maintains the same series of steps around the leader: forward, side, back, side …

But as I always tell my students, around every leader, walks a strong follower! The leader’s success is wholly dependant on the solid technique of the follower. Something that as our ladies discovered in class on Saturday is no mean feat!

This coming Saturday and next, we won’t be drifting too far away from the principles we learnt on Saturday. We will be running a two-week Pure Tango Technique Course, in which we will continue to explore - amongst other things - some of the foundation principles of giros.

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See you there!

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