Level 3 Jul - Aug 2022

Here are the new moves and combinations introduced each week. Happy practicing!
This course will focus on retracing and linking already familar moves. We may also introduce some new moves that work well with the moves you know already.

Week 8: August 15

We introduced Side Step Barrida to Left from Back Step of Giro to Left (entered from Closed Side)

Week 7: August 8
We introduced Barrida from Sanguchito to Right:

We reviewed Barridas to Both Sides (Week 6):

Week 6: August 1
We introduced Barridas to both sides from Back Ochos.
Videos to be uploaded soon

Week 5: July 25
We introduced the Simple Change of Direction step to assist navigation and linking of moves.

Medialuna, Ocho Cortado, Simple Change of Direction...

Travelling Ochos, Medialuna, Ocho Cortado, Simple Change of Direction...

Week 4: July 18
We interrupted the Giro to Left from Closed Side - ended with Giro to Right:

We retraced the Follower's Forward Step (starting Giro to Left)
We ended this move with a Parada, but other options such as Americana or a Forward Ocho without Parada also possible. Just make sure to end in the line of dance.

We also linked the Medialuna with Closed Side Giro to Left but have not uploaded this video as we have a better way to complete this move (for navigation) and will introduce the better version in Week 5.

Week 3: July 11
Introduced Giro to Left from Closed Side
Ending with Parallel Cross:

Week 2: July 4

Reviewed Medialuna

Here's a video from a previous term improvising with the Medialuna:

Linked Medialuna and Ocho Cortado:

Week 1: June 27

Retracing Basic Rebound Step
Retracing Ocho Cortado traditional

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.