Level 2/3 Mar 2021

Week 5: 13 April

Objective - understanding open and closed side changes and maintain frame and posture

Drill: Connection Walk with Open embrace

1) Introduced concept of Retracing:

  • Move: Open Side Parallel Giro to Left - cut and retrace at cross forward
  • Closed Side - retrace into Cross at Right side (alternative is to do 90 degrees to back step).
  • Review Giro in parallel Open system from 3rd position to Left
  • Variation for ending - Follower (Forward - Side - back - side) Exit out to cross on Closed side (cross system cross)

(Video still in production)

Reviewed:
  • Closed Side direct to Parada to Left
  • Complete with cross forward to Right (forward Ocho) to Open Side - Parada to Left (closed side)
  • Complete with Cross on Open Side
  • Giro to Left (leader’s side step)
Week 4: 6 April 2021

New combinations introduced:
  • Giro in parallel Open system from 3rd position to Left
  • Variation for ending - Follower (Forward - Side - back - side) Exit out to cross on Closed side (cross system cross)
Unfortunately we had technical difficulties with video for above combination . This will be uploaded with Week 5 notes.
Combinations reviewed:
  • Closed Side - Giro to Left from Leader’s Side Step - parallel or cross system cross
  • Closed Side direct to Parada to Left: - Complete with cross forward to Right (forward Ocho) to Open Side - Parada to Left (closed side) - Complete with Cross on Open Side
Week 3: 30 March 2021

Combination introduced:
Closed Side Salida: Follower's Linear Salida + Backstep Crossing Leader, Forward Step + Pivot with Parada. Exit Parallel Cross:

Reviewed:
  • Follower's Linear Salida + Leader's pivot side step Giro to Leader's left crossing to open side. Exit Cross System (Week 2)
  • Closed Side - Giro to Right move (Week 1)
Week 2: 23 March 2021

In Week 2...
  • We reviewed Closed Side - Giro to Right move (Week 1)
  • We introduced Follower's Linear Salida + Leader's pivot side step Giro to Leader's left crossing to open side. Exit Cross System:

Week 1: 16 March 2021


In week 1 we introduce the following combinations which built on a Closed Side combination introduced in the February 2021 term:
  • Closed Side - Giro to Right move

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.