Tango is a ‘flat’ dance…what does this mean?


Why is Tango described as a 'flat' dance.

On the face of it, Ballroom Tango should be an easy dance.  There is no rise and fall, so, apart from having a small and consistent flex in your legs, it's the most similar to walking of all the Ballroom dances.

But Tango is difficult for exactly the same reason.  When we walk, we are propelled by a natural momentum we accumulate, made partially from our leg muscles being used, and also from our body momentum.  When we dance Tango, we must continue to allow the leg muscles to work, but try to prevent the natural body momentum.  Each and every dance step needs to stop, and each new step generates it's own momentum.  In this way the dance 'plods' along - starting and stopping over and over again.  Whist this might seem easy,  it's actually difficult to execute, as our bodies like to accumulate and use naturally occurring momentum.  This unique Tango action can be fostered,  through careful practice of the Tango technique, and over time, feel masterful and powerful to dance.