Tango and the fitbit! Bear with me…

A typical tango is structured as follows:

- There are 5 Sections often called ABACA*.
- Each of the 5 sections has 4 phrases.
- Each phrase consists of 4 measures.
- Each measure has 2 strong beats (1 & 3).
- Therefore each phrase has 8 strong beats.
- So each section has 32 strong beats.

Thus a whole song with the ABACA structure has 32+32+32+32+32 beats.

32×5 = 160 i.e a typical tango will take you 160 “steps” to complete

if you step on all the strong beats.

If you go a milonga which has a tanda structure of 4 tangos, 3 Vals, 4 Tangos, 3 Milonga with a cortina of half a minute between each track the 1st round of this structure will last an hour as follows:

- There will be 4 tandas of tango at about 10 minutes each giving a total of 40 minutes.
- There will be 1 tanda of vals at about 8 minutes.
- There will be 1 tanda of milonga again at about 8 minutes.
- This gives about 56 minutes of dancing.
- Since we know a step takes 1 second (ish) you will step 56×60 if you dance all the songs.
- 56×60 = 3360 steps.

So if you go to a 3 hour milonga, dance all the tracks you will step 3360×3 = 10,080 steps.

i.e you can complete the typical 10,000 Fitbit target in one 3 hour milonga!

Footnote

Each step lasts about 1 second depending on the tempo or speed of the music. Since a strong beat lasts about 1 second it takes 160 seconds or 2 minutes 40 seconds to complete the song. This is why most tangos take 2.5 to 3 minutes. Take 1 song “La viruta”:

D’Arienzo 2.18

Canaro 2.25

Tipica Victore 2.57

Di Sarli 3.03

Fresedo 3.30

*Thereason for ABACA is for another day.

Not sure you are right about the number of steps. I wear a Fitbit watch and it records about 1000 steps per milonga. It may be that the distance travelled is short, as many of the steps are in the same place. What I do know is, my feet really ache the next morning.