How to Do an Amague in the Argentine Tango

Learn how to do an amague from tango instructors Diego Blanco and Ana Padron in this Howcast Argentine tango dance video.

Diego: Now we’re going to show you an Amage [sp?]. An Armage is an embellishment for the man but it’s a nice step to learn. Armage’s a fake as if you would have in soccer, for instance, or football or any other sport where the man, or the player rather, fakes the opponent. My opponent is Anna today so we’re going to fake her out. So we have-, we’re going to go and fake at a heel so we’re going to go all the way to the cross and we’re going to fake to get into a heel. Another well common fake is side step. A side step to come to the close side of the embrace. Or into a heel.

Anna: This is a great time to know when the follower is leading or not. So if the following is looking at the leader’s feet and you start to go Amage with him without him leading it then you know you’re not doing your role correctly. So just, it’s very important for a follower to wait. If you feel bored, then you have your little embellishments until you feel the next push or pull for the next thing.

Diego: There you have it.