Originality and inventiveness have always been at the heart of Argentine Tango. But creativity thrives on clear constraints.

Learning tango might seem sometimes like an endless expanse of new elements to master. Ochos, paradas, boleos, giros, sacadas, barridas, ganchos, colgadas, volcadas, piernazos, soltadas...how many more "things" are there to learn? You may feel you need to grasp the WHOLE picture before getting "creative."

Fortunately, the whole picture is simple, elegant and easy to work with. Tango has a deep structure that is often unnoticed. This internal DNA of tango figures holds ALL possibilities of moving with four legs. Actually, a tiny number of basic elements - 24, to be precise - can create an infinity of danceable moments.

The tango lexicon is a new system that gives an easy way to remember every possible distinct structural situation in tango - a name that both describes what it IS and what it can CONNECT to. It will help you remember and record tango combinations, talk about them and invent completely new things when you practice with it.

Once you understand it, you can unleash potentially explosive originality and creativity when you dance.


Mitra and David have been exploring tango together since 2007, practicing regularly, taking workshops together, and exchanging about the structure and technique of tango. The Tango Lexicon is one creative outcome of the past five years' collaborative process.

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