Level 1 May 2022

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

Weeks 6 - 8
Review, refinement and linking of all Fundamental 1 moves

Week 5: June 1
Review of all moves (See Weeks 1 - 4)
Refining and linking of these moves:

Preview of Parada from Forward Ocho - to be covered in Week 6:

The parada (stop) is a figure unique to tango. The leader places a foot against a follower's foot and leads them to stop. 
There are a number of places this can be done, choices of feet, choices in sides of feet to use, etc. 
A pasada (stepover) often follows a parada.

Week 4: May 25
Forward Ocho to Right Side of Leader from Basic Rebound Step:

Week 3: May 18
No new moves introduced in Week 3 .
We reviewed and refined, then improvised with the C Step and Parallel Cross.

Here is an improvisation of moves used in Beginners and Intermediate level:

Week 2: May 11

Parallel Cross 

The move taught in Week 2 included a Resolution after the Cross.
The Resolution is the same as the last 2 steps of the C-Step.

Week 1: May 4

The '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 
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.