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.

Dimension: Energy - Theme: Back boleos

Back boleos are a great way to add energy to a dance. They are a whip-like movement using a change of energy, normally from backward ocho to forward ocho. In this class, we saw some simple versions of boleos for beginners and then upped the tempo with a boleo on the floor and a lifted boleo for intermediates & up.

Summary video


Beginners/Improvers: Change of lane with soft boleo

Top tips

  • Leaders: For the little boleo, you need to lead your partner to pivot towards you and then lead her backwards immediately.
  • Followers: Make sure you keep your knees and feet together at the boleo and refrain from putting weight down on your free leg.


Intermediates & up: Boleo to the right “al piso”

Top tips

  • Leaders: The dissociation should be sharp and shallow. No need to shove your partner around or to put too much energy! Boleos are all about timing and not so much about strength.
  • Followers: Try and get a whip-like motion by blocking your pivoting foot and then doing the boleo.


Intermediates & up: Upwards boleo with left leg

Top tips

  • Leaders: Once again, the key to this step is the timing and not the strength. You should focus on bringing your partner back from the ocho and not so much on giving her energy as she goes backwards.
  • Followers: Make sure your knees are together and your foot is pointed before you lift.



Top tips

  • Leader: Practice the enrosque and lapiz on your own.
  • Follower: Practice the giro.