Interleading Tango

The tango is a dance that has evolved continually with time. In the world of tango there are still heated debates, controversies, and contrasting opinions concerning the birth of the so-called "tango nuevo", which originated and has been developing over the past 10 years and allows the dancing tangos in a more open, natural, and elastic form in keeping with electronic tracks or experimental sounds.
But even in Buenos Aires and in other parts of the world, a new proposal is coming to light that touches upon one of the basic mores of the tango: the role of who leads the dance. This issue is known as “interleading” or “role changing” and was already theorized by the renowned master, Rodolfo Dinzel. This innovation was considered to be a sort of blasphemy in the minds of adamantly traditionalist milongueros, while others saw it as a stimulating opportunity. In the wake of this innovative wave, always in Buenos Aires, courses and practice sessions have been cropping up and a new practice called El cambiazo was born.
Even in Torino, Italy’s tango capital, the same topic is being proposed and experimented. Essentia has always kept abreast of evolutions and developments in the world of the tango: the best known fruits of this incessant search are the tango sensibile (sensitive tango) and the tango nuevo, taught with an original didactic method. Now Essentia proposes, beginning in 2007 in both Torino and in Liguria, seminars in tango interleading, or the possibility to invert the roles “of leading and of following” while dancing the tango. For men, this becomes a precious opportunity to try out what it means to hear/receive and for women it is an equally important opportunity to better understand the mechanisms of body communications when you are transmitting the message. During the dancing of the same tango, through simple changes in the embrace, it is possible to experiment an exchange of roles several times.
Putting yourself in your partner’s shoes, in addition to being fun, is extremely useful for better understanding your own role! Therefore, tango interleading has an educational and creative value and even diversifies your own personal potential. br> We promote an innovative teaching method and a personal and original form of interleading, which is a precise concept for us. In fact, there are different forms that are apparently similar, yet must not be confused with the interleading we teach. Two examples are: back leading, or when the woman guides the man without changing the embrace, maintaining her position and taking the initiative directly without it being offered; and the tango al reves, when the man leads by positioning himself behind the woman's back.