Also known as "tango de salon," salon-style tango is typically
danced with an upright body posture with the two dancers
maintaining separate axes. The embrace can be close or open,
but it is typically offset (with each dancer's center slightly
to the right of their partner's center) and in a V (with the
woman's left shoulder closer to the manís right shoulder than
her right shoulder is to his left shoulder). When salon-style
is danced in a close embrace, which is common in Buenos Aires,
the couple typically loosens their embrace slightly to
accomodate the turns and allow the woman to rotate more freely.
When salon-style is danced in an open embrace, which is uncommon
in Buenos Aires, the distance between the partners allows the
woman to execute her turns more freely and pivot without
requiring much independent movement between her hips and torso.
If the woman rotates her hips through the turns independently of
her upper torso, the embrace need not be loosened as much.
Salon-style tango is typically danced to the most strongly
accented beat of tango music played in 4x4 time, such as
DiSarli. Those who dance salon-style tango to Juan D'Arienzo or
Rodolfo Biagi typically ignore the strong ric-tic-tic rhythm
that characterizes the music. Salon-style tango requires that
dancers exercise respect for the line of dance.