Level 2 Oct - Dec 2016

Week 8: 12.12.16
We introduced the circular move of Medialuna.

Week 7: 5.12.16
We introduced the concept of circular walking - when follower satellites leader.

Week 6 : 28.11.16
We refined the Week 5 combination.

Week 5: 21:11.16
We added the Parallel Cross to Sandwich - Parada combination:

Week 4: 14.11.16
To the Sandwich we added Paradas to left and right:

Here's a taster of what we'll be doing in Week 5 - 

Weeks 1 - 3

Week 1: 24.10.16
Week 2: 31.10.16
Week 3: 7.11.16

Warm Up Drill for these weeks included:
  • Musicality and balance - the 'Lapiz Walk' (song: Cara Sucia by di Sarli)
  • Disassociation - moving upper and lower body separately (necessary for turning)
  • The Tango walk - emphasis on leading the forward walk with our torso and then stepping under our torso. Also keeping the free leg light and loose and the standing leg dynamic and grounded.
  • Walking in close embrace - which requires good walking technique.
The Sandwich

As there is lots of technique to work with on this move we have dedicated three weeks to it! Entry is from Backward Ocho. Resolution is Forward Ocho.

Homework for weeks 1 - 3
Practice the above drill and review the Sandwich.

Tango Music - for practicing

You can find tango music on Spotify. I recommend the following album: '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.

Re posting the following link for music in case you haven't yet received it. There you will find many of the traditional tango songs we use in class. The 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.

This link goes to a zip file. It's a little less than a 1 GB file. 

Here's a link to help you better understand tango music for dancing.

Happy listening!