Ball or Heel?

This is the tip of the week from June 2013. There has been various misunderstandings about this issue throughout tango communities. What one does is very personal; high level professionals and instructors use their heels and ball of the foot in various ways depending on context, sometimes even contradicting the recommendations they might be giving in a class. It is better to avoid rigid rules…

Tango Tip of the week: Ball or heel? There is much confusion as to whether to step with the ball of the foot first or using the heel. Unfortunately there is no simple answer, and the details need to be discussed in classes. Ladies: If you are dancing close and ending up with short steps, you can stay on the ball of the foot more of the time. Otherwise, whenever you need support, regardless of what the man does, use your heel to support yourself. Guys: You actually need to support your partner to some extend, so make sure to be well grounded using your heel when technically required.

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