Level 3 May 2022

Here are the new moves and combinations introduced each week. Happy practicing!

Week 5: May 30
Review of all moves from Weeks 1 - 4.
Refining and linking of moves.

Week 4: May 23
Moves from previous weeks were reviewed.
Americana was added as an optional ending to Leader's right:
Here is a video showing a combination with Americana:

Week 3: May 16

All moves were to the leader's right side
Travelling Back Ochos with Ocho Cortado (trad) ending:

Travelling Back Ochos with  alternative Ocho Cortado  (Forward Ocho ending):

Improvising with both Ocho Cortados:

Forward Ocho to Right :

Week 2: May 9
Sanguchito to Right, Basic Turn to Left - Turn to face line of dance:

Sanguchito to Right - Americana with pivot to Right - Sanguchito to Left:

Walking Back Ochos:

Walking Back Ochos - Sandwich to Right - Resolution:

Week 1: May 2

Sanguchito to Left 
Linked with Basic Change of Direction and Parallel Cross:

Sanguchito to Right
Linked with Americana and Follower's Pivot 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.