Tango Etiquette

Clive Harrison: Tango DJA while ago I wrote three articles for my blog on different aspects of tango etiquette. This page gathers them together for ease of reference, as several people have been kind enough to say they found them helpful.

The Musical Anatomy of a Tango Event

  • Songs are played in groups
  • Each tanda is followed by a cortina
  • Tandas are played in a predictable cycle

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Mirada & Cabeceo

  • Getting dances
  • How does it work?

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Tango Etiquette (Codigos)

  • Joining the dance floor
  • Starting to dance
  • Navigating around the dance floor
  • Ending the dance

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Barrio de tango is the tango blog and online home of tango DJ, Clive Harrison, based in the English Midlands. Now retired from teaching and hosting dance events, Clive remains available to DJ, playing exclusively traditional tango music from the great tango orchestras.

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