Fund. 2 Oct - Dec 2022


Welcome to another term of tango! This term we will be focusing on circular and cross system moves. Happy practicing!

Week 4: and 5 November 16 - 23

No new moves were introduced in Week 4. We focused on refining and linking all moves from Weeks 1 - 3.
Happy practicing :-)

Week 3: November 9

1) We introduced the Ocho Cortado from Rebound Step:

2) We worked on Rebound Technique
3) We reviewed Week 2 moves.

Week 2: November 2

1) We started with reviewing Backward Ochos 

Here are wide angled Back Ochos ending with Resolution: 

2) 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):

Giro


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 that the turn of leader's torso / frame is more important than the leader's steps.

Week 1: Oct 26

We introduced Medialuna - (another 180 degree turn like the Sanguchito) from the Backward Ocho:

We reviewed the combination from Fund. 1: Parallel Cross, Sanguchito, Change of Direction, Parallel Cross:

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Tango Music - for practicing 
Spotify 
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.