Level 1 Oct - Dec 2017 (Bondi)

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General Notes

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 loose and down (this removes tension from your free leg)
  • Never lock your knees: You standing leg knee is softly flexed (not locked) - this gives you better contact with the floor.
  • 'Collection' - Thigh or ankle (as you prefer) connection as you walk
  • Push off the floor as you walk - to make your walk more dynamic.
  • Look forward as you walk (down diagonal is fine but don't look straight down at your feet as this distorts your posture.
Tango Music - for practicing 
Here's a link to help you better understand tango music for dancing

Spotify 
I recommend the following album on Spotify: 'Serie de Oro' by Carlos di Sarli. This album has good songs for practicing. Avoid the last song 'Tu Palida Voz' as it's a vals. 

Songs recommended for practicing
Traditional Tango
Songs by Di Sarli's orchestra:
  • Don Juan
  • Comme Il Faut
  • Cara Sucia
  • A La Gran Muneca
  • El Once
Alternative songs
  • Felino - by Sverre Indris Joner (Electrocutango)
  • One more cup of coffee - by Frazey Ford (Obadiah)
  • Take me to Church  - by Hozier
Link to 250 songs
The following link will download a fabulous 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:
http://www.muraterdemsel.com/250TANGO.zip 

This link goes to a zip file (little less than a 1 GB file).
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Week 5: Nov 29, 2017
We introduced the combination of Parallel Cross, Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos and Resolution:

and here's some improvisation linking all the moves covered so far...



Week 4: Nov 22, 2017
We continued refining the Parallel Cross and introduced the concept of Ochos - with the move of Forward Ocho:

Week 3: Nov 15, 2017
Introduced Parallel Cross and alternated this with C-Step. Both moves have the same first two steps. Both moves require an awareness of 'inside and outside lines' between you and your partner':

Week 2: Nov 8, 2017
Completed the C-Step. See Week 1 video.

Week 1: Nov 1, 2017
Today we focused on:
  • Synchronising with a partner
  • Walking technique (back and forward)
  • Leading from the torso
We introduced the first two steps of the C Step. The side step is what we call a 'blocking step'. It requires leader to dissociate upper and lower body. This dissociation with torso angled to leader's right causes the follower to deliberately under-step the leader.

Here's an improvisation with all the moves covered in your course:

Here's a previous end of class display - using moves that we cover in our Levels 1 - 3: