Bondi Junction Beginners Sep - Nov 2016

Week 4 (19.10.16)
We reviewed the Parallel Cross and C-Step and alternated them. Role reversal helped to consolidate learning the subtleties of these moves and enable improvisation. 

Week 3 (12.10.16)
We completed the Parallel Cross and reviewed the 'C-Step' and worked on the musicality of the Cross.
No new moves introduced

Week 2 (5.10.16)
We covered:
  • Review of the 'C-Step'
  • Introduce the Parallel Cross (a.k.a 'The Basic 8')
  • We consolidated the 'good habits' for tango dancing (see Week 1 summary of good habits below).

  • The rotation / disasociation exercise (turn upper body first, then lower body to turn clockwise and anti-clockwise (quarter, half and full turns to either side) - great for increasing your spine torsion.
  • The Lapiz walk - great for balance and opening up the hip flexors.
  • Practice the C Step and Parallel Cross - Leaders it's important for you to memorise these steps so you can lead them. Though it's best to practice with a partner, you can still practice without a partner if none is available.  Followers - no need for you to memorise these steps (this can actually be counter-productive to developing your following skills). You will however benefit from watching the technique of the walk, and the way we connect and move together.
  • Good song to practice musical walk to is 'Cara Sucia' by Di Sarli. I think this is on the download link given to you in Week 1 - but if not it's on Spotify. 
  • Extra credit! To Cara Sucia you can practice walking on the strong beats (1 - 3) and then on the '4' (which ends the phrase) do the Lapiz, then back to walking on the 1 and so on. 
Happy practicing tangueros!

Week 1 (28.9.16)
We covered: 
  • Basic walking technique - backward and forwards - single and in partnership
  • the Lapiz walk
  • the 'C Step'

We also covered basic musicality.

We walked to single time beat (1-2-3-4 - walk only on the strong beats of 1 and 3).

You can find tango music on Spotify. I recommend the following album: 'Serie de Oro' by Carlos di Sarli. This album has good songs for practicing. Avoid the last song 'Tu Palida Voz' as it's a vals.

The following link will download a fabulous collection of 250 of the most popular songs (tango, vals and milonga) played in milongas around the world!  Focus for now only on the tangos. Also focus on instrumental songs as opposed to vocals as these are easier to find the beat. Di Sarli is one of the better orchestras to start with.

This link goes to a zip file. It's a little less than a 1 GB file. 

Here's a link to help you better understand tango music for dancing.

Good Habits introduced
  • Be clear where your axis is at every point of your dance (remember Apartment Building metaphor).
  • Your standing leg is dynamic, strong and grounded, your free leg is light and without tension.
  • You standing leg knee is softly flexed (not locked) - this gives you better contact with the floor.
  • Your free leg hip is loose and down (this removes tension from your free leg)
  • Thigh connection as you walk ( known as 'collection')
  • Push off the floor as you walk - to make your walk more dynamic.
  • Look forward as you walk (down diagonal is fine but don't look straight down at your feet as this distorts your posture.
Practice the Lapiz walk