Here’s another quick tip about your embrace, tangueros.
I’m always picking on North American and European men, who are the people I most often help with their tango. (Tangueros from Asia, Australia and Africa, you listen up too!)
Gentlemen, you usually have a little geometric detail in your tango that I want you to eliminate!
I call it “the Gringo Triangle”. It’s a little triangle of space between the inside of your right elbow and the woman’s torso.
Close this gap!
When you raise your right arm to enter a close embrace, seek contact first with the crook of your elbow, and keep that contact as long as you are in close embrace. If you’re not doing this already (I’ll bet you’re not), this little detail will transform your embrace. It will feel wonderful to the woman you’re dancing with.
I did some research over my last few months in Buenos Aires. Every time I danced with a Porteño who felt like a dream, I observed that the ribs on my left side felt nice and warm, in full contact with my partner’s arm.
In this video are lots of examples you can study for a great right arm:
[You may have noticed one man in the video who seems to have the Gringo Triangle. It’s the tall man in a white shirt (1:38-2:11). He’s a regular at Lujos, and he’s from France.]
Tangueras, please notice this when you’re dancing in close embrace with someone wonderful. Do you feel that spot on your ribs, near his right elbow, nice and warm and cozy - connected to him?
Then, tangueros, once you’ve made good contact with the inside of your elbow, let your right hand be full of energy and taking responsibility on the opposite side of her torso. (See Gustavo's right hand example in yesterday's post, as well as almost every example in the video from Lujos above.) Your forearm will feel to your partner like it’s flexible and curving around her, because the important, purposeful contacts are your right hand and inside your elbow.
Close this little gap if you want to increase connection, and make your embrace feel magical. Or if you want to be mistaken for a Porteño on the dance floor!
Let me hear from you. What do you think about the "Gringo Triangle"? Please comment below this post!