Ocho Cortado: in this section of Tango Terms we explore the Ocho Cortado (the cut eight).
First Ocho Cortado redefined:
Ocho cortado cut eight [o’-cho cor-tah’-do]
Performed when the action of the turn is interrupted and reversed. Upon reversal, the leader displaces the follower's space and pivots the follower, who then executes a cruzada (cross). Note that despite the name of this step, generally it is not the ocho that is interrupted but other turns such as the milonete.
The follower is typically turned to the right and returned to the leader's left via a quick-quick-quick or quick-quick-slow pattern. During the interrupt the leader pivots, and during the cruzada the follower pivots.
The Ocho Cortado is useful in crowded dance floors to avoid collisions.
Videos of the Ocho Cortado
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