Milonga Introductory Vocabulary - 8 Count Basic

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  • Notice that the 6 count basic is just the 4 count basic plus 2 steps at the end. And this 8 count basic is just the 6 count basic with 2 extra steps at the beginning.
  • When this was first taught to me (David), it was described as traveling sideways along the line of dance with the woman on the outside and the man on the inside, "showing the woman off".
Artist Name:
Aníbal Troilo
Song Title:
La Milonga Y Yo
Album Title:
Che Buenos Aires - 1969/1970
Artist Website:
http://www.troilo.com.ar/

(From Wikipedia): Anibal Troilo was a bandoneon player, composer, arranger and bandleader in Argentina. His orquesta típica was among the most popular with social dancers during the golden age of tango (1940-1955), but he changed to a concert sound by the late 1950s. Troilo's orchestra is best known for its instrumentals and also recorded with many vocalists.

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Here's an 8-count basic, and we're just adding two steps to the 6-count basic that we just did.
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Two back for him, forward for her.
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So, if you see that, it's literally, literally the 6-count basic, exactly as we taught it.
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And the only difference is that after one, two, three, four, five, six,
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For him, we have two back steps: back, back.
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And, as I do this, I want you to notice the contra-body movement in my upper chest.
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I'm turning my chest to my right, as I go back with my left.
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So, at the end of that bum-bum-bum, I go... back, and then here's that counter-body back.
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So that she can slide in on this side.
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So, if you just see those last two steps... four steps, we've got:
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Five... whops, four, five, six.
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Seven, eight.
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And that's where we end.
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From a different angle:
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You've got... a four, five, six... seven, eight.
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Nancy: And that's where we end.
David: And you see that, yeah, beautiful, outside partner.