Level 3+ Jul - Aug 2018

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. 
Tango Music - for practicing 

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Week 7: Starting August 27
  • Reviewed Paradas from previous weeks.
  • Introduced - Adding Parada to Change of Direction after Side Step ( a variation to adding Parada to Change of Direction introduced in Week 4)
Week 6: Starting August 20
  • Reviewed Paradas from previous weeks.
  • Introduced Parada from Cross System Cross:

Cross System Cross with Resolution

Parada from Cross System Cross

improvising with Paradas

Week 5: Starting August 13
  • Improvising using Change of Direction with and without Parada (see Week 4 video)
  • Review of Parada from Parallel Cross (see Week 3 video)

Week 4: Starting August 6
  • Refined and linked all the Paradas learnt to date.
  • New Parada was introduced at Bondi - Parada from Change of Direction Step combination. This combination and Parada will be shown at North Sydney in Week 5:

Change of Direction with or without Parada

Improvising with Paradas (including from Parallel Cross)

Week 3: Starting July 30
  • Continued refining Parada from Parallel Cross.
  • Introduced double Parada.
  • Here single and double Paradas are used to resolve a Medialuna:

Medialuna resolved with Paradas

  • Integrated Paradas into our dance, showing different places for adding Paradas. 
  • Essentially the entry position for Parada is when Follower is in position for, or has complete, a Front or Back Cross step.
  • Continued emphasis on connecting at four points in the embrace and musicality.

Week 2: Starting July 23
Theme: 'Playing with Paradas'
Introduced Parada from Parallel Cross

Parada from Parallel Cross

Here's an improvisation with Paradas...

Improvising with Paradas

Week 1: Starting July 16
  • Increased focus on musicality and embrace
  • Review of Giros to the Right and Left from Parallel Cross, and linking the two: