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How to Do the Back Ocho in the Argentine Tango

Learn how to do the back ocho from tango instructors Diego Blanco and Ana Padron in this Howcast Argentine tango dance video.


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A: So the Back Ocho we're going to start it from a side step. So I go forward, side, my leader pivots me and I pivot on my right leg. Take a back step, pivot. My leader pushes, pivots, push, pivot. And it's up to him to resolution. So as I go forward, side, I start-, my leader will start to lead me to a pivot onto my right leg. Then I take a back step, pivot, take a back step, pivot. And this designs a figure eight, stepping back. And that's the Back Ocho.

B: So we're going to take it from a side step. You're going to go side. As you change your weight, you're going to lead your partner. Change your weight, then you step. Lead your partner. Notice that when I bring my feet together I lead my partner. So, this is a (??) love dance. Be relaxed, enjoy the movement. Side, spiral feet together, side, spiral feet together, side, spiral feet together. So, we're going to start with a side step. Shift your weight to your right, leaders. Side, pivot your partner. Step back as you bring your feet together, you lead the partner. Feet together, lead the partner. Now here you're going to have a quick step to change the weight and you continue to the basic step, cross the follower and you can resolution. Let's take a look at this from this angle. We have change of weight, side, change of weight, left and right and left. Be relaxed. Don't force your embrace. From here, as you pivot you're going to change your weight, so that we can start back again to the basic. You can resolution, or you can also walk forward if you wish so if Anna is crossed, you can just walk forward and continue dancing. You don't always have to have the resolution.

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