L2/3 Sep - Nov 2020

Week 8: November 3
Here is an improvisation using all the moves we covered in this term:

The song we are dancing to is 'Derrotado' by Carlos di Sarli. You will find it in the SoTango Spotify List Tango (Trad) 

Week 7: October 27
1. Lapiz Walk Drill - good for loosening up the free leg e.g. Parada
2. Reviewed Parallel Cross
3. Introduced Cross System Cross (double time) - resolved with Resolution:

4. Ended Back Ochos with Cross System Cross:

4. Reviewed Week 5 & 6 combinations.

Home Play

1. Practice all combinations from Weeks 1 - 7.

2. Practice the Giro Drill - solo or/and with partner to any Di Sarli music

3. Practice the Lapiz Walk to 'Cara Sucia' (see Spotify List)

Week 6: October 20
1. Lapiz Walk Drill - good for loosening up the free leg e.g. Parada
2. Reviewed Week 5 combination: Standing Start Sanguchito - Giro to Right
3. New combination:
Introduced alternate ending to Week 5 combination: Instead of ending with Giro to Right - retrace Forward Step to create Back Cross to Right - Back - Side - Forward to Parada:

The song we danced to is 'Nuestra Noche' by Di Sarli. You can find it in our Tango (Trad)  Spotify list  or here on Youtube:

Week 5: October 13

1. Giro Drill: (see Week 4 for details)

2. Introduced new combination: Giro from Standing Start Sanguchito:
- Standing Start Sanguchito to Left - then enter Giro from Forward Cross Step to Right

To turn 360 degrees Leader steps back with Left leg to lead Follower Forward Cross Step to resolve.

See Spotify lists below or if you don't have Spotify practice to this song...

Week 4: October 6

In Week 4 we introduced the  fundamental move of Giro and the concept of the Giro code of walking (circular walking)

1. Giro 4 Point Drill 
This is a good drill for home.
Divide into 3 units in terms of musicality: 1, 2, 3-4:

2. Giro from standing start with leader doing same steps as follower - ended with Parada:

3. Added Giro to Parallel Cross:

Week 3: September 29

In Week 3 we added the Sanguchito to Parallel Cross with Ochos combination:

This involved the following revision of moves from Level 1...

Parallel Cross to Resolution

Parallel Cross - Forward & Back Ocho - Resolution

Here's some videos from previous terms that you may find useful...

Improvising with Parallel Cross and Ochos

Variations on the Sanguchito

Week 2: September 22
  • Review of Sanguchito from Standing Start 
  • Introduced Sanguchito entered from Back Ochos:

Week 1: September 15

Sanguchito (Little Sandwich)
From Standing Start - to both sides:

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

Tango Music - for practising 
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.