course is designed for those who are new to Tango Argentino,
and those who have never danced before. We teach it from the perspective
of walking to accommodate this audience; the flexibility of our method
allows participants to create their own patterns by the end of the workshop.
stress the importance of dancing tango as a social activity, so all
content is presented with lead and follow information known as 'las
marcas'. Aspects of navigating safely on the dance floor i.e.
floorcraft and a grounding in the major movements of tango music is
course comprises four sessions each having one hour of formal instruction,
followed by half an hour of practice during which remedial teaching
and individual queries are answered more indepth.
We cover the foundation pattern of the tango called
the basic eight; broken down into the exit onto the dancefloor (salida)
and the end of the dance phrase (resolución). Points of
flexibility are highlighted, and a minimum of six variations are introduced.
Dance techniques include: setup of the dance hold, following and
leading the four linear directions, centring weight, and waiting.
This week you learn how to lead and follow different
step sizes, and the cross (trabada) in the basic eight. We also
cover forward and backward tango walks both inline and outside your
partner, integrating them into the basic to form new figures. At this
point, participants already begin to explore and develop their own dance
Circular patterns are the theme of this week;
beginning with walks to side, building up into turns (giros).
We also look at how different variations are created by the phase and
direction of each partner, reinforcing the importance of good partnership
skills. A complete foundation of leading and following linear and circular
elements as an extension of the basic is established by the end of this
Leg leads (displacements) and adornments (intrusions,
boleo, ganchos) are touched upon. The core of the final
session illustrates the many ways a dance phrase can be constructed,
using a number of sample figures as case studies.