Movement Technique. Body Mechanics

Whenever we think, play or practice, our body has a natural tendency, a habit, an answer. Listening to that voice, to that answer helps. Our dance, our couple, our teaching and our lives are improved every time we find new ways to understand more about our amazing body reactions. Sara and Ivan start their journey with us by showing how to discover and train our body wisdom. Enjoy this beautiful collection and be aware that it’s the base for all their further work on Tangomeet.


Recommended study time for this collection is 5 weeks.

A Guide on how to Enjoy our Lessons Better

Watch this video before starting your learning. Ivan and Sara's lessons program is a well put together whole, comprised of all the collections you'll find on Tangomeet. For best results, we strongly recommend you don't skip collections or lessons. Buckle up! Enjoy this marvelous ride! And get ready to wow your past, present and future dance partners :)

5.44 min Technique

Posture & Balance

Our posture is the starting point of our dance. It sketches out the parameters of movement possibilities, its limitations and efficiencies (or inefficiencies). Posture and balance are intimately connected. In this video, Ivan and Sara share their secrets for posture and balance for a dance without limits.

7.32 min Embrace Technique

Articulation & Push

In order to dance we need two major things - energy and direction. Pushing the ground creates energy, and articulating our ankles generates (among other things :)) direction for movement of the body. Learn these principles of movement, and apply them everywhere in your dance! Your movement will be more clear, more controlled and more aesthetic.

9.46 min Embrace Technique

Coordination of Forward Walk

Ivan and Sara begin to talk about the difference between technique and style in this video dedicated to the natural coordination of the forward walk. What are the important moments of the walk? What is the relationship of the axis, the free leg and the standing leg? Watch the video and find out!

10.21 min Technique Walk

Coordination of Backward Walk

Walking backward always seems like such a difficult challenge, for both leaders and followers. In this video Ivan and Sara break down techniques that will help you keep your balance, connection and coordination as you gracefully glide backwards on the dance floor.

12.26 min Technique Walk

Forward Rotated Steps

Most of tango movement happens in rotated geometries - this is why understanding how forward and backward rotated steps work is so important… If we consider that the only time we have linear movement is when we walk in parallel system in front of each other or do side steps in front of each other in a line, we begin to understand the importance of rotations for our dance. In this video Sara and Ivan break down the body mechanic of a forward rotated step for better body mechanic of each individual dancer, and better geometry of the couple!

13.47 min Technique Walk

Linking Forward Rotated Steps

When we link forward rotated steps we need to make certain adjustments with our most important articulations - feet, ankles and hips. Conceptualizing pivots as changes of direction of the walk rather than as something separate from the step allows us to be faster, more efficient and more balanced in our movements.

8.12 min Changes of Direction Technique Walk

Backward Rotated Steps

If we struggle with back walking in a line, then making back steps in a rotation can seem insurmountably difficult. However, if we understand that our body mechanic is half the battle, then this challenge is easily overcome with practice. Learn how to create the body position for back rotations that will keep you balanced and in control!

8.03 min Technique Walk

Linking Backward Rotated Steps

There is nothing scary about back ochos! If we connect, in a proper way, backward rotated steps, we can always be in our axis, in control of the movement and powering ourselves through all the positions. Starting from more linear to more lateral, learn how to ocho like a pro!

6.50 min Changes of Direction Ocho Technique Walk

In Line and Rotated Side Steps

Despite their great importance, especially in turns, side steps generally do not get the emphasis or love they deserve. Understanding the correct body mechanic for linear and rotated side steps will change your dance – it is one of the most important, and most overlooked technical points!

14.24 min Technique Walk