Every week, you’ll find on our blog class notes and a summary video from our Wednesday and Sunday tango group classes.

These video and notes are meant to help our students remember what they’ve done in class.

Season: The embrace - Theme: Invasions and retreats to create sideway crosses

Thought crosses were only happening when both partners were facing one another? Or that there were only front crosses and back crosses? Think again! Using techniques we call invasions and retreats, you can create lateral crosses from the americana position. They're fun, pretty and add an element of (welcomed) surprise to your dancing.

Summary video


Beginners & Improvers: Pivot in sandwich

Top tips

  • Leaders: The movement from your torso to lead the pivot needs to be coordinated with the movement from your foot which enables the pivot. If your foot stays static, you’re blocking your partner and she won’t be able to pivot.
  • Followers: Keep your knees and heels together at the sandwich and during the pivot.


Intermediates: “Invasion” to lead a lateral cross

Top tips

  • Leaders: To lead the cross, hold the partner tightly and walk forward into her space. This “invasion” will create her cross.
  • Followers: Be a bit open-minded! This is a bit unusual but if you let the leader come to your space, the only natural response to this lead is to cross.


Intermediates: “Retreat” to lead a lateral cross

  • Leaders: Do not dissociate to lead the cross or your partner will pivot. Instead use slight transfer of axis forward and backward.
  • Followers:


See you soon on the dancefloor,

Nati y Bruno