Fund. 2 Jul - Aug 2022

Here are the new moves and combinations introduced each week.
Happy practicing!

Week 8:  August 17
We reviewed all moves from this term:

Here's an improvisation including moves from this term:

Week 7: August  August 10

We introduced Cross System Cross from Back Ochos:

We introduced Change of Direction and linked to Medialuna and Sanguchito:

Week 5 and 6 : July 27 and August 3
No new moves introduced.
We refined and linked moves and combinations from previous lessons.
Here is an improvisation from a previous term which uses the moves you have learnt so far:. The music is rhythmic (staccato):

Week 4: July 20
We introduced the figure of Giro is defined as a circular walk  which creates a 360 degree (full) turn. Either the follower satellites around the leader or both leader and follower satellite around each other at the same time.  This is contrasted to a Medialuna, a circular walk using the same walking code that creates a 180 degree (half) turn.

Giro's can be either to the Left or the Right (determined by direction of turn from the Leader's perspective).

The Giro walking code requires that every second step is a Side (a.k.a Open) Step alternating with Forward and Back Steps. These steps are made by the Follower. The Leader can do the same or similar steps as Follower when leading a Giro but essentially we are referring to the Follower's steps not the Leader's when referring to a Giro.

This particular Giro starts with Forward Step and ends with Forward Step (Forward Ocho)

Here is another version from a previous term where Leader steps Back not Forward with Follower's Back step (so same steps as Follower):

This demonstrates who the  turn of leader's torso / frame is more important than his steps.
Week 3: July 13

Introduced Medialuna - (another 180 degree turn like the Sanguchito):

Week 2: July 6

Sanguchito from Back Ocho  (to the Right):

Sanguchito can also be entered from multiple Ochos:

Sanguchito can also be entered from Back Ocho to the Left.

Here are wide angled Back Ochos ending with Resolution: 

Week 1: June 27

Sanguchito (Sandwich) from Standing Start to both sides:


Tango Music - for practicing 
Check out Sophia's spotify lists:
Tango (Trad) Best for practicing musicality - walking to single, double and half time.
Tango (Neo) contemporary songs (good for practicing technique)

Link to 250 songs
The following link will download a 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: 250 songs download
This link goes to a zip file (little less than a 1 GB file). 

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

Good habits for tango dancers
  • 'Steel vs spaghetti': Your standing leg is like steel - dynamic, strong and grounded, your free leg is like spaghetti: light and loose without tension.
  • Your free leg hip is stable yet loose and lower than your base leg hip (this removes tension from your free leg)
  • 'Collection' - Thigh or ankle (as you prefer) connection as you walk
  • Push off the floor as you walk - to make your walk more dynamic. 
  • Never lock your knees: You standing leg knee is softly flexed (not locked) - this gives you better contact with the floor.
  • Always find your axis - 'it's your beauty and your power'
  • Walk in the line of your hips - Imagine your hips are at the centre of 2 crossing lines: one going forward / back and the other - left /right. The first line is the guide for forward and back steps, the second line guides side steps.