Fundamentals 1 Aug - Oct 2022


Week 5: September 21
We introduced the Change of Direction Step:

...and linked this Step with the Sanguchito. 
For video see Week 4 video below.

Week 4: September 14
We introduced Forward and Back Ochos and the Sanguchito (Sandwich):

Here's the whole combination we will be working on this term:

Here's a video of Parallel Cross with Forward and Back Ochos and resolution:


Sanguchito:
Here is a video of the Sanguchito on it's own (please note that we haven't covered the Parada yet):


Week 3: September 7
We reviewed and refined the moves from Weeks 1 and 2.
No new moves introduced.

Week 2: August 31
We introduced the Parallel Cross:


Week 1: August 24

Welcome to Fundamentals 1!

In Week 1 we introduced the 'C Step':

C-Step


The focus was on:
  • Synchronising with a partner
  • Changing weight
  • Walking technique (side, forward and back)
  • Leading from the torso
  • Practice hold and open embrace
We also worked on musicality, walking to single time, half time and double time. We used the count 1-2-3-4 walking on the strong beats of 1 and 3 for single time. For half time walking on just the 1. For double time walking on all counts.  

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.