Tango Terminology Page 2


Tango Terminology Page 2

Just a quick ref and thanks to this page from:


Cambio — Change: as in cambio defrente, change of the front or face; or cambio parejas, change the couple (change partners).


Caminada — The walking steps; a walking step.


Canyengue — A very old style of tango from the 1900s to the 1940s. The music from this era had a faster or peppier 2/4 tempo so the dance had a rhythmic flavor similar to that of modern milonga. A very close embrace was used as well as some unique posture and footwork elements.


Caricias — Caresses: A gentle stroking with the leg or shoe against some part of the partner’s body. They can be subtle or extravagant.


Carpa — The tent: A figure created when the man leads the lady onto one foot as in, or at the end of, calesita and then steps back away from her, causing her to lean at an angle from her foot to his frame.


Castigada — (from castigar – to punish) a punishment: A pushing of the lady’s working leg followed by flexing at the knee and caressing the working foot down the outside of the supporting leg. Often done as an adorno prior to stepping forward, as in parada or in ochos.


Colgada — A spinning move executed by a couple at the end of an inside barrida in which both dancers lean out away from each other and spin rapidly until the man leads out with a back step.


Corrida — (also: corridita, a little run) from correr: to run. A short sequence of running steps.


Cortina — Curtain: A brief musical interlude between tandas at a milonga.


Cruzada — From cruzar – to cross; the cross: A cruzada occurs any time a foot is crossed in front of or in back of the other. The lady’s position at 5 of the 8-count basic. May also be called Trabada.
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