Tango Notes: Barrida (Sweep) / Arrastre (Drag)

Description

This typical, and uniquely tango, figure involves moving the partner's foot. The terminology is variable: barrida (English sweep) and arrastre (English drag) are the common terms. The leader should keep their sweeping knee bent until the end of the move.

Videos

How to Do the Drag 3:02
By Diego Blanco & Ana Padrón. From parada at 2. Leader's right drags follower's right toward open side.
Argentine Tango Lesson 27A - Back Ocho + Parada + Barrida + Half Sandwich + Low Boleo 1:25
By TangoDanceUK, Shannah & Phil. From parada in back ocho.
How to Triple Drag aka Triple Arrastre
By Diego Blanco & Ana Padrón. From a parada at 2. Leader arrastres to open side, follower arrastres in same direction, and then leader again to open side.
Capítulo. 05-11. El arrastre o la barrida 6:08
By Véronique Guide & Julio Luque. In Spanish, but with clear, although overly repetitive, demonstrations which make it easy to follow. From parada (mordida) at 2.
Barridas + Paradas 3:00 Sep 18, 2012
By Michelle Marsidi & Joachim Dietiker. Nice barridas. The person making the video forgot to include the feet at first, but they improved somewhat as the dance progressed.
TangoForge Argentine Tango Elements: Barrida 2:02
By TangoForge. An interesting number of potential barridas are shown. This is a group with unusual attitudes, from their terminology (eg, the follower is the "rebel") to footwear. If these boots look unusual, fur boots in another of their videos are interesting.