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What is cadence in tango?

Dancing tango is not easy: it requires practice and, above all, learning to feel the music. That's what cadence is about. Shall we dance?


  Tango  is different from any other dance.  Maybe that's why it's practically impossible to improvise a few tango steps if we don't have someone to guide us. One of the factors that makes it so different from other dances is what is called  cadence .

Generally speaking, cadence is  the pace or speed with which we take the steps . This is common to all genders. The difference is that, in almost every dance, cadence is marked by music: it is danced to the same rhythm as music. In fact, not doing it like that would be wrong.

Interpreting the music

Tango, on the other hand, allows us to dance at the same pace as music, or faster — up to twice the speed — or slower — at half the speed. It even allows us to stop and stay completely still. However, the most relevant thing about this is that you  do not dance to the same rhythm throughout the song.  The good dancer knows how to find his own cadence: he alternates different speeds depending on the music and even what the lyrics say. It's about interpreting the music personally. It is for this reason that no dancer is equal to the other: everyone dances the theme in their own way.

 Cadence is the result of feeling the music . Feeling the tango. That is why you can not teach: you have no rules, you learn on the track, dancing and dancing. It is linked to the feeling of each dancer and, also, to the  complementation with his partner . If this complementation is not achieved, it is difficult to establish a good cadence. In short, tango consists of making the couple feel how you live the music, and letting the steps take them to fly in this magical and unique dance.

Publication Date: 07/02/2020

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