L2/3 Nov - Dec 2020


Week 4: December 1
In Week 4 we focused on linking the following moves and improvisation:
  • Ocho Cortado
  • Medialuna
  • Sanguchito
  • Parallel Cross
  • Giro to Right
  • Ochos
Please refer to videos from previous weeks.

Followers then focused on ornamenting at Paradas (for Followers)
Leaders focused on retracing steps to easily create more unpredictability and interest in the dance.

The song we used to practice ornamenting at Paradas was Alma de Bohemio by Pedro Laurenz (singer Alberto Podesta). You will find it on this SoTango Spotify list: Tango (Trad)  or here on Youtube:

Week 3: November 24

Here's what we covered:

1) Lapiz Walk Drill 
2) Giro Drill in couples
3) Reviewed Medialuna and Sanguchito - both entered from Back Cross Step to Right
4) Reviewed Giro to Right (same entry for leader and follower) and Ocho Cortado (Same entry for Follower as Giro, different entry for Leader)

Here's a display covering all the moves covered:

The song danced to is 'El Pollo Ricardo' by Carlos di Sarli. You can find it in the SoTango Spotify list: Tango Trad  or here on Youtube

Home Play
  • Review all the above moves - to 'El Pollo Ricardo' by Di Sarli
  • Practice Giro Drill - to songs by Di Sarli and D'Arienzo and notice the different feel
  • Practice Lapiz Walk to 'Cara Sucia' by Di Sarli
Week 2: November 17

Here's what we covered in Week 2...

1) Reviewed Week 1 moves:
  • Parallel Cross to Giro
  • Sanguchito
  • Combination of Parallel Cross - Forward Ochos - Retrace into Back Ocho / Back Cross Step
Introduced Medialuna:

2) Improvised Medialuna from Back Ochos
3) Improvised alternating with Sanguchito and Medialuna
4) Improvised ending Back Ochos with Medialuna, Sanguchito or Giro

Home Play
  • Review all the above moves
  • Practice Giro Drill 
  • Practice Lapiz Walk
Week 1: November 10

Here's what we covered in Week 1:

Introduced Ocho Cortado 
 - entry from Rebound (Reboté):

- entry from Parallel Cross (double time cross with rebound):

Reviewed Parallel Cross ending in Giro to the Right:

Home Play
Review all the above moves
Practice these moves to songs by D'Arienzo. See Spotify lists below (Tango Trad). Or here's a Youtube Video of the song used in these videos - 'Florida' by Juan D'Arienzo

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Here's some notes and resources from previous terms that you may find useful as a refresher...

Tango Music - for practising 
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.