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Dancing to Donato Part 1: Crossover Step and Empujadita

Teachers: Shelley Brooks and Clint Rauscher
Song: "Sinfonia de Arrabal" by Edgardo Donato (1940)

In this class, we focused on dancing to Edgardo Donato. Donato's music is very rhythmic and playful, so we try to express that in the dance. The explored several concepts, but the primary step we worked on starts with a crossover step, the leader going to the open side of the embrace and then switching to the close side with an empujadita. An empujadita (little push) is when the leader makes slight contact with their upper thigh to the follower's upper thigh, very gently pushing the follower's free leg around their supporting leg. In a way, it is a high sacada and results in what is effectively a forward boleo for the follower. This is the first step we do in the video.

We also do several variations of this step, through the video. At :18, we do one which includes a little adorno for the leader at :21. In the first step, we go the close side of the embrace, but in the second version we exit to the open side in parallel system.

 

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Edgardo Donato Tandas

Here are some Edgardo Donato tandas. My favorites are highlighted.

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
This is a fun tanda. Also, sometimes I end this set with Tierrita, which is very energetic or La Cumparsita.
El Huracán Edgardo Donato  Felix Gutierrez 1932 Tango
Qué Hacés,  Qué Hacés Edgardo Donato  Felix Gutierrez 1933 Tango
El Acomodo Edgardo Donato   1933 Tango
La Tablada Edgardo Donato   1936 Tango
         
El Acomodo Edgardo Donato   1933 Tango
Hay Que Acomodarse Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1935 Tango
Santa Milonguita Edgardo Donato   1933 Tango
Gato Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1937 Tango
         
Esto Es El Colmo Edgardo Donato Antonio Maida 1934 Tango
Santa Milonguita Edgardo Donato Felix Gutierrez 1933 Tango
El Día Que Me Quieras Edgardo Donato Jorge Ortiz 1935 Tango
Hay Que Acomodarse Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1935 Tango
         
Listen to this Tanda        
Hay Que Acomodarse Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1935 Tango
No Te Cases Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y choir 1937 Tango
Gato Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1937 Tango
Se Va La Vida Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1936 Tango
         
Asi Es Es El Tango Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1937 Tango
Gato Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1937 Tango
Hacete Cartel Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1937 Tango
No Te Cases Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y Choir 1937 Tango
         
El Acomodo Edgardo Donato   1933 Tango
El Chamuyo Edgardo Donato   1938 Tango
El Estagiario Edgardo Donato   1938 Tango
Pasión Criolla Edgardo Donato   1939 Tango

 

Listen to this tanda

       
Alas Rotas Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1938 Tango
Soy Mendigo Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1939 Tango
Mis Pesares Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1941 Tango
Sombra Gaucha Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales 1939 Tango
         
Listen to this tanda
El Adiós Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1938 Tango
Mi serenata Edgardo Donato Lita Morales y Romeo Gavioli 1940 Tango
Yo Te Amo Edgardo Donato Lita Morales y Romeo Gavioli 1940 Tango
La Melodia Del Corazon Edgardo Donato Romeo Gavioli 1940 Tango
         
Sinsabor Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales 1939 Tango
Mis Pesares Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1941 Tango
Un Libro Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1941 Tango
Carnaval De Mi Barrio Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales
y Romeo Gavioli
1939 Tango
         
Mis Pesares Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1941 Tango
A Oscuras Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1941 Tango
A Media Luz Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1940 Tango
Carnaval De Mi Barrio Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales
y Romeo Gavioli
1939 Tango