The Argentine Tango is very similar to the Tango. The major difference is the hold. AT is rarely danced is “Frame”. Also, unlike Standard/Smooth tango, AT is heavy on improv and not really knowing the steps. As well as, AT basic is done in counts of 8 rather than the “T-A-N-G-O” that Standard/Smooth is done to. AT is more complicated and more emitional and a true character dance.
It’s origins are that of Tango’s but it kept itself… in the gutter so to speak. This is “the people’s dance”. There are several different types of AT and as much as I don’t like to use it, Wikipedia has a good write up about them as well as more moves)
What to look for:
– Sex appeal. This dance, unlike its cousin will be dripping with more sex characterization
– Caminata’s (“Walk” in spanish) which are a walking movement similar to a promenade
– Ocho – a figure-8 traced by the follower’s feet when moving forward or backward (One of my favorite moves)
– Fanning. Similar to that of an Ocho, it’s usually the follow who does this move.
– Head position: unlike most Ballroom dances, both the lead and follow will have their heads facing the same direction (or as my friend like to put it “dancing cheek to cheek”)
Cha Cha Cha or “Cha Cha” as it is also know is a very fun, cheeky, flirty, and sexy dance. The basic count is “1, 2, Cha Cha Cha, 3, 4, Cha Cha Cha” This dance also hails from Cuba just like the Mambo and Rumba and is also a street dance. Look for side moves called (in international latin) “New Yorkers”, as well as underarm turns, open spot turns, and sole movements in the basic step either to the side, diagonal, or front/Back. Just as with the other rhythm dances there should be lots of hip action for the girls and some for the guys but not a ton.
Alexander Andreev and Irina Domokurova
Bryan Watson and Carmen Vincelij
Slavik Kryklyvyy and Elena Greniko