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Beginner Tango: Vocabulary

  • “Walking in a straight line”
  • Simple Walks:
  • 1, 2, 3, come together (4).
  • 1, 2, 1, 2
  • 1, 2, 3, cross.
  • Weave to the not-cross
  • Weave to the cross
  • Simple Rythm Step:
  • 1 AND 2 (hold) 3 AND 4
  • Also known as “rock step”.
  • Rock step turn:
  • 1 and-pivot, (2) 3 and 4.
  • Dramatic Pause:
  • 0 AND 1 hold, hold, step.
  • Mini Front Ochos
  • Travelling Back Ochos:
  • Doublestep 2, 3, 4, right together weave, (5 and 6) to the cross (7, 8).
  • (double step with right and right to enter, left and left to the cross - to exit.)
  • Working traveling ochos around corners
  • Float and beat
  • 90 degree turn using traveling ochos

Beginner Tango: Concepts

4 Rules for followers:

  • 1. Stay in Front of Leader
  • 2. Step on the Beat, Left then Right
  • 3. Narrow Track Walking (brush feet against each other with every step)
  • 4. Lead with the Knee-Pit. Keep Moving-Leg Straight. 4 Rules for leaders:
  • 1. Stand Up Straight
  • 2. Walk in a Straight Line (under follow's ears)
  • 3. Step on the beat. (AND one)
  • 4. Lead with your center (solar plexus)

Connection:

Follow helps create connection by Matching the Force coming at her from Leader with Toned Arms (feminine presence) Lead helps create connection by Striding Boldly Forward (masculine chest) Musicality: Tango Music Is Built in 4-Counts - Which corresponds to the Phrase of the Music Come-Together Steps help you embody suspension and attack inherent in Tango Music Navigation: make eye contact with oncoming traffic before entering the dance floor dance counterclockwise against the edge of the floor (outside lane) rockstep out of “trouble” (to avoid hitting anyone) Dance 3 songs “thank you” means “we are done now”

Musicality:

Tango Music Is Built in 4-Counts - Which corresponds to the Phrase of the Music Come-Together Steps help you embody suspension and attack inherent in Tango Music

Navigation:

  • make eye contact with oncoming traffic before entering the dance floor
  • dance counterclockwise against the edge of the floor (outside lane)
  • rockstep out of “trouble” (to avoid hitting anyone)
  • Dance 3 songs
  • “thank you” means “we are done now”

Advanced Beginner: Vocabulary

  • Traveling Ochos Review with Turns in both directions
  • Trap Crosses
  • Parallel vs. Crossed System
  • 3-Track vs Travelling Back Ochos vs Parallel Track
  • Cross-Basic

Advanced Beginner: Concepts

  • Walking in different systems...in a straight line
  • Dissociation while walking to the cross for both lead and follow: AKA How to stay straight while spiraled
  • What happens when the follow doubles, and what happens when the lead doubles?
  • Leaders will be re-training their brains to begin to keep track of follower's feet!
  • How to control the lead's turning and weaving movements in the line of dance
  • How to control the follow's turning and weaving movements in the line of dance
  • Learning and maintaining each role's responsibility for technique in the dance.

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What's Up In January:

Winter Beginner Series!
Thursdays at 7pm, January 12th - March 9th.

Advanced Beginners - moving up to 8pm class

Intermediate Class - also working at 8pm.

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