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: Speed - Theme: Changing speed in giros

In this class, we looked at how we could change speed in the giros - sometimes on the beat, sometimes on double time. We started with several variants of the ocho cortado, with adornments for both partners and repetition before incorporated this classic step into giros to create really nice, dynamic steps that will come handy on busy dancefloors.

Summary video


Beginners & improvers: Ocho cortado

Top tips

  • Leaders: The musicality of the cortado is quick-quick-slow, quick-quick-slow. Try and practise this rhythm.
  • Followers: To get into the cross, try and first pivot, then do the cross. Make sure you point your foot at each rebound.


Beginners & improvers: Giro and cortado combination

Top tips

  • Leaders: To lead the giro, you need to continuously open your shoulder to create space for your partner.
  • Followers: Half beat giros are made of small steps, so no need to try this step with big steps as you won’t be able to manage.



  • Leader: Practise the footwork of the cortado / giro on your own. You’ll need to master it on your own before being able to lead the step to your partner.
  • Follower: Practise quick giros on double time. The giro should still be smooth, with no stop-and-go effect and you should only turn 180 degree in total.


See you soon on the dancefloor,

Nati y Bruno