Tango Terms and Definitions

We haven't gotten too much going in the Tango forums yet, so I thought I would make a post to see if we can spark some interest:

I'd like to use this topic to list, define and discuss popular elements and language in Argentine Tango. I'll start:

el gancho - 'the hook' in English. When I first started watching dancers, this is one of the first things I noticed, the way they kick or hook between each others legs. When I started learning it I found that it wasn't as easy as it looked. I'm still learning how to coordinate the change in the upper body with the hook of the foot, for the lady or the man.

izquierda - left

derecha - right

Abrazo: an embrace (dance position)

Entregarme: to surrender (to the leader)

And, of course, be sure not to confuse derecha (right) with derecho (straight)

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