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3 Ways A Strong Core Can Do Wonders for Your Tango

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Do you struggle to find your balance in tango no matter how many tips and tricks you've heard? Does maintaining good posture feel like a huge effort? Do your feet, legs and back hurt from dancing?

What if I told you there was a way to fix ALL of that by focusing on one area of your body: the core.

Okay, the core is not just one thing, but it is a group of muscles that work together and is arguably the most important muscle group for providing spinal stability and generating all movement in the body, including what we might take for granted such as getting out of bed.

Most people think of the core as those chiseled washboard abs we associate with athletes and Abercrombie models. However, the rectus abdominis (that 6-pack) is just one part of this power house, which in reality consists of many muscles that are not even visible, including the transversus abdominis (the muscle that wraps around your belly like a corset), internal and external obliques, and diaphragm. Additionally the core includes the muscles of the back, the multifidus and erector spinae, as well as muscles of the hip including hip flexors, hip adductors, gluteus maximus, and gluteus medius, and the pelvic floor muscles.

Woah, okay that's a lot of muscles working together! So how exactly can the core help our dancing?

1. Improves Your Stability

Possibly one of the biggest battles the tango dancer has to face is stability. A strong core helps to stabilize your pelvis and this leads to better balance. If the muscles around the pelvis, particularly your glutes and outer hips are weak, your balance will be affected. Add high heels or a partner hanging on to you when THEY lose balance to that and you have quite a challenge. With a strong and engaged core you are much more likely to react to these balance challenges with efficiency and coordination.

Here are a few yoga postures that strengthen abdominals, glutes and hips:

1. Extended Crescent Lunge

2. Plank

3. Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III)

You can also try this dynamic power sequence:

To learn more about stability for tango dancers read my blog article How to Improve Your Balance in Tango with Yoga.