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What is cadence in tango?

Tango dancing is not simple: it requires practice and, above all, learning to feel the music. That's what cadence is all about. Do we dance?


  Tango  is different than 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 .

Overall, 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 the music: it is danced at the same rhythm as the music marks. 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 at 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 music personally. It is for this reason that no dancer is equal to the other: each dances the subject in his own way.

 Cadence is the result of feeling the music . To feel the tango. That's why you can not teach: it has no rules, you learn on the track, dancing and dancing. It is linked to the feeling of each dancer and, also, to  complementation with their 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 one lives 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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