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Group Tango Classes with Tom Stermitz

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Sorry, Group Classes Cancelled until Jan 19th. Privates are available.

Contact me if you wish to meet for private lessons in either Denver or Boulder. The Denver Turnverein felt it necessary to cancel all group activities for two weeks. They will reconsider at their meeting on Jan 18. Please stay tuned!

Winter Argentine Tango classes in Denver on Wednesdays. 6:30 Class topic is "Bridge to Intermediate". which will focus on Fundamentals & Essentials to prepare you for the 7:30 class starting in February. The Milonguero two-hour intensive classes continue: In January we'll look at Advanced Topics, like Milonguero Salida and the Milonguero Turn. In February, we'll restart month-by-month Milonguero Style curriculum (see monthly topics below). Each class provides an intensive two-hour intensive with practice time.

Wednesdays: Denver Turnverein, 2570 N Clarkson 

6:30 - 7:30 Monthly Series: Fundamentals & Essentials for Intermediate. $40 for four weeks.
7:30 - 9:30: Milonguero Style Tango (Close Embrace). $20/2hr or $60 for 4 weeks.

Vaccination and Pre-registration are required. Please contact me.

Thanks to everyone who has followed the class through the Fall Tango Curriculum. Below I’ll provide an extensive summary of the material we covered, and note that we will repeat the curriculum next year with monthly topics. 

See the Rick McGarrey's Tango and Chaos website for extensive discussions regarding Milonguero Style tango, and the traditions of Argentine Tango in the Milongas of Buenos Aires.

Tango and Chaos - Rick McGarrey

In its broadest definition, a milonguero is anyone who goes to a milonga. Walk into a room in Denver where people are dancing tango, and you become a milonguero. So by that definition, the world is full of milongueros. There are millions. But we could narrow the field somewhat by defining a milonguero as someone who goes to the milongas every day, and who lives for tango to the exclusion of almost everything else. Someone for whom life without tango would be a meaningless vacuum. And also, someone whose absence from the milongas would change and diminish the tango world so much that it would never be the same. This strict definition narrows the field down quite a bit. In fact, it narrows it down to two: Alito and Tete. But up until last year, there was a third milonguero, who was even more “milonguero” than they are. In fact, he was a man who was something even rarer than a pure milonguero. He was a compadrito. [ Focus on Ricardo Vidort ]

Milonguero Curriculum:

(1) Beginner material (Music, Lead-follow and Improvisation): 

 - 4-count Walks: Suspense and Acceleration. 
 - Dynamic Rhythms: the QQS “boom-ch-boom”, 
 - Dramatic Pause
 - Walk to the cross: Inline, Weave to the cross and cross denials.
 - Mini Front Ocho at the Cross
 - Lead-follow and Improvisation
 - Navigation on the Dance Floor

(2) Adv-Beginner material:

 - Review of beginner material focusing on Rhythmic Drive
 - Cross-Basic and the “Compass Rose” pattern.
 - No-pivot Style Back Ochos: Getting in and out, 6 & 8 counts to the Cross, 
 - Leader’s Rhythmic Counterpoint to Follower’s Ochos

(3) Intermediate Material

 - "101 Ocho Cortado variations": Right, Check-to-the-Ocho, Left, and the mini Boleo)
 - Confident strides; heel leads
 - Stretchy-tummy, Floaty-legs: heels downward and leading with the Knee-pit
 - Musicality and Rhythm
 - Navigation in The Corral

(4) Milonga

 - Three fundamental steps: Step-step, inch, inch; 4-count ZigZag; 6 count Box
 - Leading a half beat ahead, at the “AND” moment.
 - Sashay/Chassé
 - Bathroom Plunger Feet or Sand-paper feet
 - Pendulum legs and Facebook Hips (Lazy Infinity) 
 - Hover-pivot
 - Milonga as the foundation of Tango

(5) Waltz

 - Waltz rhythm on the 1-2 or the 3-1
 - Apply waltz to typical vocabular: Cross Basic, Ocho Cortados, Back Ochos
 - Apply waltz to hover-pivot

Wait! There’s more!:

(6) 101 Back Ochos

 - No-pivot Ochos
 - Mini-back Ochos with pivot
 - Pivoting back Ochos for navigating
 - Ochos that are really “U-ies”

(7) Advanced Topics (January)

 - Milonguero Salida
 - U-ies and Volcadas
 - Milonguero Turn
 - Milonga Turn
 - Milonguero Alterations (G&G "Changes of Direction”)
 

Homework:

Read up on the customs and history of tango in Buenos Aires at Rick McGarrey's website, Tango and Chaos.

Immerse yourself in the Golden Era tango music, such as the orchestras listed on my tango music for dancing page.

 

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