The Etiquette of Tango

The traditional way to ask for a dance is to make eye contact. The asker uses a subtle head nod toward the partner with whom he wishes to dance. This is known as the “Cabeza”. If the partner wishes to accept the invitation, she will nod back. If she wishes to decline, she will generally look down or away. In Argentina, men do the asking, however, in many communities outside of Argentina, it is acceptable for either party to ask.

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