Level 4 Feb - Mar 2021

Week 4: 9 March 2021

Reviewed, refined and linked all moves from previous 3 weeks:
  • Forced (unexpected) Back Cross with exit to Parallel Cross (Week 3)
  • Linear Parallel Cross (no side step) (Week 2)
  • Change of Direction (COD) Ocho Cortado (compact cross) and alternative of Forward Ocho into Parada to Left (internal or external) (Week 1)
We then explored musicality with particular focus on the follower's timing for completion (crossing of) Ocho Cortado and Cross - aiming for completion of Cross on down / strong beat (i.e. 1 or 3). The COD Ocho Cortado works best in single time. If double time the cross would be stepped on an up / soft beat (i.e. 2 or 4)

Here's the end of class demo using all these moves and playing with the music:

Week 3:  2 March 2021

Started with same exercises from Week 2
Reviewed moves from : Week 2
Introduced Forced (unexpected) Back Cross with exit to Parallel Cross:

Week 2: 23 February 2021

"See Saw "exercise in couples - walking back and forward in couples

Walking with change of weight /collection on spot.

Reviewed COD Ocho Cortado (compact cross) vs alternative of Forward Ocho into Parada (internal or external).  Leader’s back arm is the signal for whether you have space for forward Ocho or Compact Ocho Cortado.

Introduced Linear Parallel Cross (no side step):

Week 1: February 16, 2021
Introduced Change of Direction Ocho Cortado and Forward Ocho to Parada to Left:
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.