Tango Terms:


abrazo: embrace. (as in, dance hold)
amague: from amagar. To make a threatening motions. An amague is used as an embellishment either led or done on one's own and may be used before taking a step. An example of an amague may be a beat (frappe) before taking a step. 
barrida: sweep. A sweeping motions. One partner's foot sweep the other's foot. Also called llevada
barrio: a district, neighborhood
boleo: from bolear. To throw. A boleo may be executed either high or low. Keeping knees together, with one leg in back, swivel on the supporting leg.
caminar: to walk. Everyone should practice tango walks until they are properly mastered. The walk is similar to a natural walking step but placing the ball of the foot first instead of the hell. The body and leg must move as a unit so that the body is in balance. Walks should be practiced for balance and fluidity.
corte: cut" In tango corte means cutting the music either by syncopating or holding several beats.
cruzada: cross. A cruzada occurs anytime a foot is crossed in front or in back of the other.
desplazamiento: displacement. Displacing partner's foot or leg using one's leg or foot. 
dibujo: drawing, sketch. A dibujo is done by drawing circles or other small movements on the floor with one's toe.
enganche: hooking, coupling. Occurs when partner wraps leg around the other's leg.
enrosque: from enroscar. To coil, twist. While woman executes a molinete, man spins on one foot, hooking other foot behind the spinning foot.
giro: turn. While woman does molinete, man turns on one foot placing  the toe of the foot in front and executing a sharp turn.
llevada: from llevar. To transport see barrida.
media vuelta: half turn. Usually done when man's right foot and woman's left foot is free. Man steps forward with his right leading woman to take a back step with her left and then leads he to take two steps while turning a half turn.
milonga: may refer to music or the dance which preceded the tango, written in 2/4 times or may refer to the dance salon where people go to dance tango.
milongueros: refers to those frequenting the milongas during the 1940s and 50's and were tango fanatics.
molinete: fan. Molinete are forward and back ochos (figure 8's) done in a circle.
ochos: eights. Figure eights similar to the American fan in tango but usually executed with feet together instead of one foot extended.
pista: dance floor.
resolución: resolution. An ending to the basic pattern similar to a half of a box.
salida: a start. The beginning of the pattern.
salida cruzada:the beginning of a pattern with a cross i.e. side left crossing right foot behind left, or side right crossing left foot behind right.
sandwichito: One partner's foot is sandwiched between the other partner's foot.
sentada: a sitting action.
sacada: see desplazamiento.
trabada: fastened. It is a lock step -he step that the woman takes when man steps outside partner with his right foot and then straight forward left, together right- at this point the woman crosses and this cross is referred to as trabada.