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Nuevo Dancing Style

The Nuevo style of dancing - used for both the Tango Nuevo and Neo-Tango music genres - is characterized by a fluid manner, with frequent separation of the embrace.


Example of Nuevo (photo attributed to Zabara Alexander)

Nuevo has the following attributes:
  • Highly flowing, agile and continuous rhythm: a distinct lack of staccato and cortes.
  • Partial dissociation and flexibility of the embrace, where a contact point between lead and follower is temporarily relaxed or disconnected.
  • Total dissociation of the embrace, where at times the lead will revolve around the follower without any touching at all.
  • The dance is imparted a significant circularity of movement.
  • Spontaneous moves outside defined tango repertoires; producing new combinations of steps, embraces and combinations.
  • Adoption of movements from other dance styles, particularly salsa, ballroom and swing.
  • Use of the free leg, particularly to explore spaces around the partner - to points between the feet, legs and around the body.
  • Frequent changes of directions and turns.
  • Upright posture.
  • Both lead and follower carefully manage their own balance and axis. Shifts in axes are common.
  • Over-extended long steps and leaps, leading to a generally faster overall tempo for a given musical piece.
  • Feet are often seen to be lifted from the floor.
  • Exaggerated use of volcadas, colgadas, high and linear boleos, enganches and ganchos. Poses and embellishments are very dramatic.
  • The embrace is usually open, but may be close - either directly in front or offset... in other words completely flexible.

Nuevo - Norberto 'El Pulpo' Esbr├ęs and Luiza Paes

Nuevo - Mariano 'Chico' Frumboli and Eugenia Parrilla

Nuevo - Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne

Nuevo - Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne

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